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My Mouth Goes Dry

Friday, Jul 08,2016

Saliva helps moisten and cleanse our mouths and digest food. Saliva also prevents infection by controlling the bacteria and fungi in your mouth. If you don’t make enough saliva, your mouth gets dry and uncomfortable. There are many treatments that can help against dry mouth, which is also referred to as xerostomia.

Causes of dry mouth can be:

A side effect of certain medications  

A side effect of a disease or an infection (HIV/AIDS, Anemia, Arthritis, to name a few)

A side effect of specific medical treatments like chemotherapy or other cancel treatments

Nerve damage – if there is nerve damage to the head and neck area from an injury or surgery

Being dehydrated is one of the main causes. Fevers, sweating excessively, vomiting, diarrhea or blood loss can cause dehydration.

Surgical removal of the salivary glands

Lifestyle – smoking or chewing tobacco

Common symptoms include:

A sticky, dry feeling in the mouth

Frequent thirst

Sores in the mouth; sores or split skin at the corners of the mouth; cracked lips

A dry feeling in the throat

A burning or tingling sensation in the mouth and especially on the tongue

A dry, red, raw tongue

Problems speaking or trouble tasting, chewing, and swallowing

Hoarseness, dry nasal passages, sore throat

Bad breath


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