Ginger keeps your mouth moist whether or not you have type 2 diabetes, and Oprah Winfrey loves it too.
For some patients with type 2 diabetes, dry mouth or xerostomia is an everyday experience. It is common yet barely attracts any attention from either patients or caregivers. Maybe, it is because the dry and sticky feeling does not cause many problems.
But do you know it can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and fungal infections in the mouth? Recall what happens when a diabetic catches an infection.
Let me remind, infections in diabetics usually take longer to heal and the risk of complications is high.
What Causes Dry Mouth in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes?
The two major reasons for insufficient saliva in type 2 diabetics are:
- A number of medications including those used to treat colds, allergies, pain, and high blood pressure cause dry mouth. With diabetes, any of these may cause more severe dryness. Interestingly, some antidiabetic medications may also cause it.
- Diabetes alone is a major cause of excessive dryness in the mouth. Although it is not exactly clear how elevated blood sugar levels cause xerostomia, it is believed to occur due to changes in the components of saliva, possible dehydration, and kidney disease.
Why Should Diabetics Use Ginger Spray To Relieve Dryness in Mouth?
Often regarded as one of the superstar herbs, ginger can work wonders to regulate saliva production. A single spray containing ginger plant significantly increases the amount of saliva. Most notably, you can feel the moist oral environment very shortly after use and the effect is highly satisfactory.
Other reasons to try the ginger spray are its low cost, easy availability, and fewer side effects.
If you do not like the taste of ginger, you may consider the following measures.
- Avoid high-salt foods that increase thirst.
- Limit or avoid high-caffeine beverages and alcohol.
- Drink enough water to stay hydrated.
- Visit your dentist at least two times a year.