8 Myths About Dry Mouth

How to Cope with Dry Mouth

What could be more frustrating than trying to speak but finding your tongue glued to the roof of your parched mouth? Dry mouth, or xerostomia, often causes a number of other unpleasant symptoms too, such as bad breath, difficulty eating and swallowing, and tooth decay. How much do you know about this condition that turns your mouth into a desert?

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