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    Dry Mouth

    Dry mouth (also known as Xerostomia) occurs when there is not enough saliva, or spit to keep your mouth moist and comfortable. Dry mouth is not a disease. It is a side effect of taking medications or can be a symptom of certain diseases or conditions.Dry mouth is a common complaint amongst older adults but can occur at any age. It is not a normal sign of aging.

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    • A sticky, dry or burning feeling in the mouth, throat or nasal passages
    • Lips or corners of mouth are cracked
    • Lips may stick to teeth or dentures
    • Saliva is thick and stringy
    • Trouble chewing, swallowing, tasting or speaking


    Saliva helps to protect teeth by neutralizing the acid caused by plaque that leads to tooth decay. In addition, decreased saliva leads to:

    • Plaque buildup
    • Gingivitis and gum disease
    • Dentures being less comfortable to wear
    • Bad breath


    • Daily mouth care: clean teeth, gums and dentures
    • Brush teeth with a high fluoride toothpaste
    • Use a high fluoride mouth rinse
    • Take frequent sips of water to keep the mouth moist
    • Chew sugar-free gum or candy to stimulate saliva
    • Avoid tobacco, alcohol, caffeinated beverages and sugary drinks
    • Speak to your dentist about products that can help keep your mouth moist
    • Have regular dental examinations and professional cleanings