Dry mouth refers to a condition in which your mouth is unusually dry due to a decrease in the amount of saliva produced.
Saliva enhances your ability to taste and swallow, and helps prevent tooth decay by neutralising acids produced by bacteria. It also washes away food particles left in the mouth after eating.
Dry mouth, also known as, xerostomia, is a common condition that occurs when your mouth is unusually dry. This is a result of the salivary glands found in your mouth producing less saliva than normal. This could be one of the side effects of certain medications.
In some instances, it can be something trivial; however, in other cases it can have a major impact on your general health and the health of your teeth, as well as your appetite and enjoyment of food. Treatment for dry mouth depends on the cause.
Symptoms of dry mouth:
If you’re not producing enough saliva, you may notice these signs and symptoms all or most of the time:
- There is dryness in your mouth or throat.
- Your saliva is thick and stringy causing bad breath.
- You have difficulty chewing, speaking and swallowing.
- Your tastebuds are affected.
- You have problems wearing dentures.
- Your gums become sensitive.
- Dry mouth can lead to gum disease.