8 Tips For Coping With Dry Mouth

Dry mouth? Here's how to cope.

Dry mouth (or xerostomia) is a condition where your mouth feels parched and devoid of all moisture. As a result, you may have difficulty swallowing, tasting and chewing food. It is often caused by a decrease in saliva produced by your salivary glands. There are different reasons why dry mouth occurs. Certain diseases like diabetes, Sjögren syndrome, HIV and thyroid dysfunction can trigger dry mouth symptoms. Dry mouth can also be a side effect of many medications. Stress and cancer treatment procedures like radiation therapy can also contribute to dry mouth. Luckily, there are many things you can do to help you cope.

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