What are the signs and symptoms of dry mouth?
Dr. Matthew Mangino
Those with dry mouth typically complain that they have difficulty talking, eating, tasting food, swallowing, and a sticky feeling in the mouth. Dry mouth is more noticeable for most people at night, especially in people who breathe through their mouth during sleep.
Many people suffering from dry mouth will experience chapped or cracked lips, dry eyes, dry throat, pale gums, headaches, dizziness, bad breath or a persistent cough. Those affected may also complain of sores in their mouth, or a white tongue which is usually a yeast infection.
Many oral problems can arise from dry mouth including burning of the tongue, periodontitis, ulcers, and inflamed gums. Cavities became very common along the gum line because saliva is used to clean food and bacteria from the teeth. Without a sufficient amount of saliva this debris is allowed to remain along the gum line causing cavities.
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