Dry Mouth Symptoms

One problem with dry mouth is that saliva may be reduced by 50% before you realize you have the symptoms of dry mouth. At this point, oral problems may have already set in.5

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Dry mouth symptoms
can include:1–4

  • A feeling of soreness in the mouth

  • Stickiness to the touch

  • Cracking at the corners of the mouth

  • The mouth looking red and parched

  • Difficulty eating dry or spicy foods

  • Food just not tasting like it used to

  • Difficulty speaking

  • A tendency to wake up more often during the night

  • Bad breath

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You may be:1,6

  • Licking your lips constantly

  • Finding your mouth feels sticky or dry

  • Avoiding certain foods

  • Trying to relieve the problem by drinking more or sucking sweets

  • Applying lip balm constantly

  • Getting out of bed at night to drink fluids

Your dentist may be seeing:1,3

  • Cavities

  • Food debris

  • A “pebbled” tongue

  • Increased plaque

  • Fungal infection

  • Red and shiny tongue and cheeks

Denture wearers will find that their dentures don’t stay in place due to lack of lubrication. Without enough saliva, denture adhesives cannot develop their adhesive properties.1,4

Dry mouth can also affect your quality of life.

If you do not properly manage your dry mouth it’s symptoms may cause you:1,7

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Low confidence

  • Embarrassment

You don’t have to live with the serious or even moderately annoying symptoms and consequences of having a dry mouth. Reduced saliva can be managed.

Don’t delay seeking help. Ask your dental professional if you’re not sure you have dry mouth. When you start properly managing dry mouth early, you can more easily prevent its symptoms and oral health problems.4

Learn about the Biotène® mouth moisturizing system.