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Dry Mouth in People on Dialysis


2013-06-06 10:07

Dry Mouth in People on DialysisDialysis is a major replacement for people when their kidneys fail to work. It can help sustain their life and make them live better. However, they still have to face many problems, in which dry mouth is very common.

When you are on dialysis, you have to have a strict fluid limit.You may make less saliva, thus leading to dry mouth and thirst.Additionally, with less saliva to bathe them, your teeth are more prone to decay.Less saliva can also lead to bad breath,gum disease,and tooth loss.Dry mouth and gum disease can make it harder to eat,thus resulting malnutrition.

If you have the above dental problems, you should visit the dentist to treat them in time.If left untreated,these problems can cause infections which can lead to more overall health issues.

Tips to deal with dry mouth on dialysis

-You should limit the amount of sodium and spicy foods in your diet as these foods can make you thirsty and worsen dry mouth.

-Some drugs make cause dry mouth and make you feel thirsty. You can check with your doctor and change the drugs.

-Use sugar-free hard candy or gum to improve saliva flow.

-Keeping cool will help you reduce thirst, especially in warmer weather.

-Use a humidifier to moisten the air while you sleep at night

-Some products can help relieve dry mouth.

-You can try ice and ice is more satisfying than liquids to relieve thirst and dry mouth.

The above are some tips to deal with dry mouth on dialysis.Apart from dental problem, there is still an array of side effects of dialysis such as muscle spasm, headache, etc. If you have any question related to dialysis or kidney disease, you can email to kidneyabc@hotmail.com . We will give you a reply as soon as possible.



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