All people experience a dry mouth from time to time and it’s nothing to be worried about. When this feeling doesn’t go away this could be a sign of dry mouth (also known as xerostomia). Symptoms of dry mouth include: a dry feeling in the mouth and throat, cracked lips, irritation and sores in the mouth, difficulty swallowing and bad breath.

There are several things that can cause dry mouth and identifying the unique cause is the only way to begin treating it. Certain medications, radiation therapy, nerve damage and disease are among several causes for dry mouth. Once the cause is identified your dentist along with your doctor can make recommendations to treat it such as altering the medicine you’re using or provide you with medication that stimulates the production of saliva in the salivary glands.

For shorter term solutions try any of the following:

  • Sipping non-sugary liquids (sugar causes dehydration)
  • Avoid drinks with caffeine and alcohol
  • Avoid smoking
  • Use oral care products for dry mouth as recommended by your dentist