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What are symptoms of dry mouth?

Common symptoms of dry mouth include:
  • a sticky, dry feeling in the mouth or throat
  • limited saliva that seems thick or stringy
  • a burning sensation in the mouth
  • trouble in chewing, swallowing or speaking
  • an altered sense of taste
  • a rough, dry tongue
  • cracked lips, sores or split skin at the corners of the mouth
  • increased plaque (a thin film of bacteria), tooth decay and gum disease
  • bad breath

The primary symptom of dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is a lack of saliva in the mouth. It may feel as though your mouth is very dry, or you may have any number of mouth or throat problems. Another symptom of chronic dry mouth is a rapid increase in dental decay or disease.

Symptoms of dry mouth include frequent thirst or a burning or raw tongue. You may also develop sores in your mouth or around your lips. Dry mouth can also make it difficult to swallow, and can affect speech and taste, and also give you bad breath. You may also experience an increase in cavities or other dental problems or have difficulty wearing dentures or other dental appliances when you have dry mouth.

If you have any of these symptoms or suspect that you have dry mouth, talk to your dentist or doctor to make sure you do not have a more serious condition.

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