20 Proven Home Remedies to Get Rid of Dry Mouth

Home Remedies for Dry Mouth

Dry mouth or ‘xerostomia’ is a condition where saliva production decreases and your mouth becomes dry and sticky as a result. This condition is often followed by a dry throat, bad breath, a dry tongue, a tingly feeling in the mouth, trouble swallowing, and an unquenchable thirst. The causes of dry mouth are varied but include medications, gingivitis, menopause, stress, swelling of the mouth, yeast infection, and smoking. Low levels of saliva reduce the ability of the mouth to fight off bacteria as saliva helps break down food, prevent tooth decay and improves digestion.  However, if you are wondering how to get rid of dry mouth, then fear not. You can try out our dry mouth remedies at home. They will keep your mouth moist and saliva flowing.

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1. Chew Sugar-free Candies

chewing gumThe best dry mouth remedies are those that trick your body into producing more saliva.

Chewing naturally stimulates the saliva glands and chewing on any object will do the trick.

However, the one remedy that was almost designed to get rid of dry mouth is gum.

Munch sugar-free gums or suck sugar-free candies to stimulate salivary glands and treat the problem of dry mouth (12, 3). Cinnamon, citrus, and mint flavored candies are good options (4)

Note – Sugar-free gums and candies, if consumed in higher quantities, may lead to diarrhea or muscular or abdominal cramps in some people (5).

2. Limit Alcohol

no alcoholAlcohol has the opposite effect to gum in that it actively discourages your saliva glands from working.

Alcohol also is a diuretic which means that it encourages your kidneys to drain your body of water, dehydrating you. Reducing alcohol content is a good dry mouth remedy to start off with.

Also, avoid using mouthwash that contains alcohol, as this can cause over-drying of the mouth (6, 7).

Instead, prepare your mouthwash using 1 cup warm water, 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda.

Take small sips and rinse your mouth every 3 hours during the day. Then wash your mouth with plain water (8).

3. Keep Yourself Hydrated

hydrationIncrease your fluid intake or keep on sipping water every 5 minutes to avoid mouth from drying completely.

Proper hydration will encourage the salivary glands to secrete saliva (9).

Here are some ways to keep yourself hydrated:

  • Drink sufficient amount of water throughout the day or suck pieces of ice, in case, you are not able to drink enough water (10, 11).
  • Another way to consume water is to eat pieces of partly frozen fruits and vegetables like watermelon, muskmelon, cucumber, and pineapple.
  • Drink 1-2 glasses of coconut water daily.
  • Take more liquid foods (like soups and stews) instead of solid ones.
  • Sip water or a sugarless drink as you eat meals. This will help you to chew and swallow more easily.

4. Try saliva substitutes

spraySaliva substitutes, also known as artificial saliva, are liquids that can be sprayed into the mouth.

They are designed to feel like saliva and lubricate the mouth. With regular use, they can relieve the chronic discomfort from dry mouth.

Artificial saliva is not a perfect substitute as it does not contain the microbes in saliva that protect against tooth decay and help break down food.

However, it does contain compounds that emulate the viscosity or thickness of saliva which helps promote moisture retention.

While they are one of the most effective home remedies for dry mouth, many people do complain about the taste. They are also the most expensive dry mouth remedy.

5. Breathe through Nose

breathingDo not respire through your mouth when you have the problem of dry mouth.

Instead, breathe through the nose. In case you have difficulty in breathing through your nose, make use of saline drops and steam inhalation to remove the congestion (13, 14).

6. Use Humidifier

dehumidifyTo add moisture to the air, make use of humidifier at night.

It helps maintain body temperature and lets you breathe easily through the night (15, 16).

7. Gargle

salt and waterTake 1 cup warm water and mix one half teaspoon salt in it. Gargle with this water 3-4 times a day.

It will trigger salivary glands to secrete saliva and relieve the problem of dry mouth (17).

8. Steam

steamInhale the steam from boiling water to open up the decongested nasal passage and airways (18).


9. Cayenne Pepper

chile pepperCayenne pepper stimulates and mildly irritates the tastes buds which causes the salivary glands to switch on and increase the flow of saliva (19).

Take a little bit of ground pepper on your finger and rub it around your tongue.

  • Alternatively, you may also sprinkle cayenne pepper on your salad, soup or other dishes.
  • Cayenne pepper is also available in the form of capsules, which can be taken after consulting a doctor.

10. Fennel Seeds

fennel seedsFennel seeds help in the production of saliva (20). Chew fennel seeds several times a day, especially after every meal, to treat the problem of bad breath and to get rid of dry mouth.

  • Alternatively, mix equal quantities of fennel seeds and fenugreek seeds. Take a pan and dry roast them. Cool and grind them.
  • Add a little salt to this mixture. Take ½ tbsp of this mixture either directly or with water after every meal.

11. Oil Pulling

oil pullingOil pulling has many health benefits. It is a traditional Indian folk remedy to cure bleeding gums, dry mouth and many other dental problems (21).

Gargle with 1 tbsp of extra virgin coconut oil and spit it out after 15 minutes. Afterward, rinse your mouth with warm water.

Note – Do not swallow the oil.

12. Cardamom

CardamomCardamon is one of the best home remedies to get rid of dry mouth although to many it has an unpleasant taste. The spice stimulates taste buds and induces saliva.

Chew some cardamom seeds after every meal. It moistens the mouth and also relieves the problem of bad breath (22).

Alternatively, grind some cardamom seeds and add it to a glass of warm water. Let it boil for 10 minutes and drink it. It must be done once or twice daily. Or else, drink cardamom tea once or twice daily.

13. Ginger

gingerGinger is considered very effective in activating the salivary glands and giving a fresh feel to the mouth (23).

Chew a small piece of ginger. It acts as a great appetizer and simultaneously freshens the breath.

Ginger juice also is one of the best dry mouth remedies and carrying a small bottle around with you can help get rid of dry mouth while on the move.

Or else, drink 2-3 cups of ginger tea with honey daily, to stimulate your salivary glands.

Note – For more effective results, replace sugar with honey while making ginger tea.

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14. Slippery Elm

slippery elmWhen mixed with water, slippery elm becomes slick gel as it contains mucilage.

It is very effective in curing many mouth ailments and is an excellent dry mouth remedy as well as tooth decay and bad breath (24).

To use it, add 1-2 tbsp of slippery elm to a cup of hot water and boil it for 10 minutes. Strain this mixture; add honey to it when it cools.

Drink this tea twice daily to get rid of all sorts of mouth problems.

  • Alternatively, take some slippery elm and water and prepare a paste.
  • Take a small portion of this paste and rotate it inside your mouth.
  • Rinse your mouth with water afterward. It must be done twice a day.

15. Aloe Vera

aloe veraRinse your mouth with aloe vera juice (25). Alternatively, drink a ¼ cup of aloe vera juice.

It will trigger salivary glands to secrete more saliva and thus help cure the problem of dry mouth.

You can even apply aloe vera gel around your mouth with a cotton swab. Leave it for a few minutes and then rinse your mouth with cold water at least 2-3 times a day.

There has been a limited research for the use of aloe vera in curing dry mouth problem (26).

16. Grapeseed Oil

grape seed oilAnother remedy to get rid of dry mouth, similar to oil pulling, is to rub some grapeseed oil on your tongue and your inner cheek.

Leave it overnight and rinse your mouth with warm water in the morning. After this, brush your teeth.


  • Make use of toothpaste and mouth rinse that contains fluoride (27, 28, 29).
  • Rinse your mouth with warm water after eating food.
  • Brush and floss your teeth, and clean your tongue regularly to avoid tooth decay and dry mouth (30, 31).
  • Drink water or sugarless drinks often (32, 33)
  • Avoid coffee and other drinks containing caffeine as caffeine can dry out the mouth (34).


  • Avoid eating oily and spicy food as these may trigger the inner walls of the mouth and interfere with the saliva production (35, 36, 37).
  • Shun salty and dry foods, like cookies, crackers, toasts, dry bread, etc (38).
  • Stay away from acidic foods like tomato, orange, apple, grapefruit, grapes, etc. These fruits turn the pH balance of the body acidic and induce increased urination and instant drying of the mouth (39).
  • Avoid making use of antihistamines and decongestants, unless your doctor prescribes them.
  • Don’t smoke and avoid alcohol (41).
  • Don’t drink tomato, orange, grapefruit or lemon juice (42).


  1. Very useful site. I have dry mouth problem and this site really helps as to how should I go about treating it with home remedies. Many thanks for the info.


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