Medications and your oral health (dry mouth - xerostomia)

Management of dry mouth 

Some medications may cause you to have a dry mouth which increases your risk of tooth decay, oral infections and gum disease

To relieve dry mouth

  • Keep your mouth moist by sipping plain tap water
  • Swish your mouth with water after sugary/ acidic foods and drinks
  • Chew sugar free gum
  • Ask your dentist, health professional or pharmacist about dry mouth products
  • If you are a smoker, think about quitting. For free advice call the Quitline on 13 78 48

Look after your teeth and mouth by

  • Brushing your teeth and gums each morning and night
  • Using a small soft toothbrush and a pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste
  • Spitting toothpaste out, don’t rinse
  • Visiting your dental professional regularly

To find your local SA Dental Service clinic, visit SA Dental Service Clinics 

See the dry mouth medications resource (PDF 260KB) for a printable version of this information. Or see the Information for people with dry mouth resource (PDF 150KB)