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Xerostomia (Dry Mouth): Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment


A dry mouth from time to time can happen to almost anyone, but a condition called xerostomia is a more persistent lack of saliva that can affect your quality of life. While it’s not actually a disease, it can be uncomfortable and lead to trouble talking and even swallowing.

The condition itself doesn’t often indicate an underlying medical problem – in many cases, it could be tied to outside factors, notes the Mayo Clinic. Let’s take a look at 12 possible reasons your mouth feels like a desert, and what to do about it…

1. Symptoms of Dry Mouth

There can be a variety of symptoms related to dry mouth that extend past the obvious (namely a dry and sticky feeling), notes the Mayo Clinic. These symptoms include frequent thirst, sores or split skin at the corners of the mouth, and cracked lips, it adds.

You may also experience a dry feeling in the throat, a “burning or tingling sensation” on your tongue or elsewhere in your mouth, problems speaking, chewing, swallowing, and even tasting, dry nasal passages, sore throat, and bad breath, it adds.

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