If your doctor diagnoses you with swollen adenoids, take steps to protect your mouth from dryness and infection. Your adenoids are found at the back of your nasal cavity. The glands usually shrink in size by the time you're an adult. But sometimes, adult adenoids grow large and painful when they're exposed to a severe throat and sinus infection. Until you receive the proper medical and dental care for your adenoids, here's what you do at home to protect your mouth.
Why Keep Your Mouth Hydrated?
Swollen adenoids block the flow of air in your nasal passages, which forces your mouth open as you strive to take in sufficient oxygen. Mouth breathing dries out your mouth. In most cases, a sticky film of bacteria and mucus forms on the surfaces of your gums, teeth, throat, and tongue.
The back of your throat may also feel parched because the saliva glands found inside it lack enough moisture to keep it hydrated. If you previously experienced a bad throat infection, the bacteria from that infection can come back. You cough up phlegm or develop a dry cough that irritates your throat muscles.
How to Keep Your Mouth Hydrated?
Drinking plenty of water helps hydrate your body, but you'll need to take a extra steps to hydrate your throat and mouth. One of the best ways to do so is to chew sugar free gum. The chewing action of your mouth activates or stimulates your saliva glands to work.
Also, rinse your mouth out with organic coconut oil and warm water. Coconut oil contains antibacterial properties, such as lauric acid, that attack the sticky bacterial film in your mouth. The water moistens the surfaces of your gums and tongue, which helps prevent mouth sores and redness in these tissues.
If you're uncertain as how to use coconut oil properly, follow the tips below:
- Place 2 tablespoons of organic coconut oil into a clean plastic or paper cup. The oil is in a solid state, which makes it easier to scoop with the spoon.
- Fill the cup with hot filtered, bottled or distilled water. You may need to heat the cup of water in a microwave to make it hot enough to melt the oil. Avoid using unfiltered tap water, as it may contain bacteria and other contaminants.
- Stir the contents in the cup, then give the mixture at least 10-15 minutes to cool down. Dip a clean finger into the cup every 5 minutes to make sure it isn't too cold or hot to use.
- Place some of the mixture into your mouth, then swish and rinse your mouth for 60 seconds.
- Turn the hot water tap on and spit the contents into sink. The hot water keeps the oil from sticking to your plumbing pipes.
- Place more of the mixture into your mouth, then gargle for 30-60 seconds. Repeat step 5.
Use the coconut oil and warm water three times a day for the best results or until you receive medical and dental treatment for your adenoids.
If you have concerns about your swollen adenoids or care, consult a dentist like Dr. Sajner & Associates immediately.