Xerostomia, or chronic dry mouth, can damage your gums, tongue, teeth and lips. The cause can be a side effect of medication or disease, chemotherapy or nerve damage. Dry mouth also is associated with aging. Sufferers are plagued by bad breath and the threat of cavities and gum disease, mouth sores and cracked, dry lips. Fortunately, there are natural ways to treat dry mouth.

Take supplements to boost your immune system and naturally decrease dryness and it’s symptoms. Coenzyme Q10 and Vitamin C improve circulation and build the immune system. Take a B-complex vitamin to prevent gum disease and cavities caused by dry mouth.

Rinse your mouth with a cup of liquid goldenseal mixed with a tablespoon of baking soda to reduce swelling and naturally moisturize the mouth.

Use the homeopathic treatment Natrum Muriaticum, which can be found in most health and vitamin stores, to take away the dryness and cracking in the corners of the mouth caused by dry mouth syndrome.

Apply some aloe vera to the gums and inside cheeks with a cotton tip. This can relieve the dryness and have a cleansing effect. Don’t eat or drink anything for an hour after this treatment.

Drink tea to stimulate saliva. Green tea, chamomile and ginger are the best choices.

Chew on fresh echinacea from the health food store or put a drop of the tincture in some juice.

Add red pepper flakes to any food to stimulate saliva.