My Current Location Atlanta, GA 30308

Access Your Account

New to Healthgrades?

Join for free!

Or, sign in directly with Healthgrades:

Doctors and their Administrators:
Sign Up or Log In

8 Tips For Coping With Dry Mouth
Dry mouth? Here's how to cope.

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.

Was this helpful? (583)

Medically Reviewed By: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS | Last Review Date:

© 2016 Healthgrades Operating Company, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Healthgrades Operating Company, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the Healthgrades User Agreement.

View Sources

Medical References

  1. Turner, M and Ship, J. Dry Mouth and Its Effects on the Oral Health of Elderly People. Journal of the American Dental Association. 2007 September 138,15S-20S. doi: 10.14219/jada.archive.2007.0358
  2. Van der Reijdena,W, Vissinkb, A, Treatment of Oral Dryness Related Complaints (Xerostomia) in Sjogren’s Syndrome. Ann Rheum Dis 1999;58:465-74. doi:10.1136/ard.58.8.465
  3. Snoring, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
  4. Overview of the autonomic nervous system, Merck Manuals for Health Care Professionals
  5. Moore PA, Guggenheimer J, et al. Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus, Xerostomia, and Salivary Flow Rates.” Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 2001 September;92(3):281-91.
  6. Sjogrens, Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation
  7. CPAP dry mouth, Sleep Apnea Guide

You Might Also Like

smiling senior woman outside

What to Do About Dry Mouth

To fight dry mouth, find out more about the root causes of the condition and how to handle it.
Dentist examining patients teeth

Sensitive Teeth and How to Treat Them

There are several things you can do to reduce the pain of sensitive teeth.

Share via Email


10 Medications That Cause Dry Mouth


9 Tips for Denture Wearers
9 Tips for Denture Wearers

Up Next

9 Tips for Denture Wearers