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CAUSES OF DRY MOUTH

Dry mouth or xerostomia refers to a condition in which the salivary glands in your mouth don’t make enough saliva to keep your mouth wet. Dry mouth is often due to the side effect of certain medications or aging issues or as a result of radiation therapy for cancer. Less often, dry mouth may be caused by a condition that directly affects the salivary glands.
SYMPTOMS
1- Dryness or a feeling of stickiness in your mouth
2- Saliva that seems thick and stringy
3- Bad breath
4- Difficulty chewing, speaking and swallowing
5- Dry or sore throat and hoarseness
6- Dry or grooved tongue
7- A changed sense of taste
8- Problems wearing dentures
COMPLICATIONS
1- Increased plaque, tooth decay and gum disease
2- Mouth sores
3- Yeast infection in your mouth (thrush)
4- Sores or split skin at the corners of your mouth, or cracked lips
5- Poor nutrition from having problems with chewing and swallowing
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