Doc’s recommendation: The first ingredient listed in your gum should be a sugar alcohol known as xylitol. Don’t reach for brands that list this as the fifth or sixth ingredient since this negligible amount won’t fix things.
Not only will the gum stimulate your mouth to produce more saliva, but xylitol can also keep gum disease at bay since the bacteria lurking between your teeth can’t digest it.
One common cause of dry mouth is, unsurprisingly, dehydration. To squash the issue, keep tall glasses of water handy for you and your boo to drink up.
You should also avoid sugary drinks and ease up on the alcohol. Bacteria love the sugar found in sweet drinks. Alcohol’s also a diuretic, meaning it’s only going to make your dry mouth situation worse.
If you’re a smoker, stay away from alcohol rinses, since this combination can actually increase your chances of developing certain cancers (awesome!).
Still have dry mouth? Your dentist can prescribe a strong rinse that gets to the root of the problem instead of masking it, like OTC brands do.