While it is true that dry mouth can be a symptom of diabetes and hyperglycemia, ( too much sugar in the blood), there are many other causes. For instance, many prescription or over-the-counter drugs can cause dry mouth. Dry mouth is a side effect for about 80% of the top 10 prescription drugs that treat conditions like allergies, blood pressure, depression or anxiety, and Parkinson's disease. Also, Sjogren's (pronounced "Showgren's") syndrome causes dry eyes and dry mouth. Also, dry mouth could be the result of normal aging. Dry mouth can occur if you chew less than you used to. This is because the saliva glands produce more saliva when we chew. If you chew less, you get less saliva. Talk to your doctor.
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