Last updated on Jan 19th, 2021 at 12:51 pm
Dry mouth develops when the amount of saliva in the mouth is reduced. Medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension or Sjogrenâ??s Syndrome may also cause dry mouth. There is a higher chance of experiencing a dry mouth when more medications are taken.
Dry mouth symptoms include:
• Sticky or dry feeling in the mouth
• Thick, stringy saliva
• Pain or a burning sensation in the mouth and tongue
• Dry, cracked, painful lips
• Difficulty in eating, especially with dry foods such as cereals or crackers
• Difficulty in swallowing and speaking
• Taste disturbances
• Bad breath
• Discomfort wearing dentures
• Feeling thirsty, especially at night.
Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you suffer from any of the above symptoms.
Other things you can do to ease your symptoms include:
• Regularly sipping cold, unsweetened drinks and ice cubes
• Using a humidifier at night to keep the air full of moisture
• Sucking sugar-free boiled sweets or iced lollies and chewing sugar-free gum
• Avoiding caffeine, alcohol, acidic drinks (e.g. orange juice) and smoking
• Moistening foods with gravies, extra oil and yoghurt
• Visiting your dentist for advice as dry mouth can affect your teeth, encourage tooth decay and can lead to other oral infections.
Source: GlaxoSmithKline brochure
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