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Dry mouth/Xerostomia – Impact & Symptoms

3 March 2020

Dry mouth occurs when the amount of saliva in the mouth becomes reduced. Saliva, with its proteins and enzymes is essential for keeping the mouth lubricated and healthy. Dry mouth is a very common condition and affects more than 1 out of every 4 adults

Impact of xerostomia

Dry mouth can lead to on going bad breath, cavities, mouth infections and a number of other physical, social and emotional issues. The dental professional is in a position to help patients recognize dry mouth symptoms and help sufferers proactively manage their dry mouth condition.

Symptoms of xerostomia

Patients suffering from dry mouth may complain of the following:

  • Oral dryness
  • Thirst- frequent fluid intake, night waking
  • Cracked lips
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty eating dry foods
  • Altered sense of taste
  • Increased plaque, tooth decay or gum disease
  • Soreness or split skin at the corners of the mouth
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty speaking

If you have any questions or concerns regarding dry mouth condition, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us.

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