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7 Facts About Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is more than just a nuisance.

Dry mouth, or xerostomia, can be a frustrating thing to deal with. If you’ve got dry mouth, your body isn’t producing enough saliva, which can lead to discomfort, difficulty chewing and swallowing, and deeper problems with your oral health. Dry mouth can be a sign of an underlying illness, so it’s important to get the facts about this pesky issue that can be caused by—or lead to—more serious health problems.

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  4. Dry Mouth? Don’t Delay Treatment. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm254273.htm#Advice_for_Consumers
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  7. Simple Solutions for Treating Dry Mouth. Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation. http://www.sjogrens.org/files/brochures/dry_mouth.pdf
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