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Did You Know.....

Some people feel a dry mouth even if their salivary glands are working correctly. People with certain disorders, like Alzheimer's disease or those who have suffered a stroke may not be able to feel wetness in their mouth and may think their mouth is dry even though it is not.

It results from a decrease in saliva production

Xerostomia affects up tp 60% of older adults


* Red, cracked or swollen gum tissues

* Dry, cracked tongue

* Changes in taste

* Cracked corners of the mouth

* Lips that stick to the teeth

* Gums that bleed easily

* Bad breath

* Problems wearing dentures

* Frequent, abundant cavities

* Difficulty eating, swallowing or talking

Saliva lubricates the mouth and prevents decay by protecting tooth enamel and fungal/bacterial infections


  • Medications (over 1,800 over the counter and prescription medications may cause dry mouth)

  • Radiation to the head & neck

  • Cancer treatments

  • Smoking

  • Immune deficiency

  • Systemic diseases (diabetes, parkinson's & sjogren syndrome 

  • Salivary gland aplasia


  1. Careful daily mouth care with fluoridated toothpaste

  2. Clean between teeth with floss or alternative

  3. Sip water or suck on ice cubes

  4. Use water based lip lubricant

  5. Chew sugar free gum or suck on sugar free candy

  6. Use saliva substitutes

  7. Use a mist humidifier at night

  8. Reduce or change medication (if possible) in consultation with your physician

  9. Regular care with a dental health care provider

Ways to Minimize a Dry Mouth

Sipping water or sugarless drinks often and during meals

Avoid drinks with caffeine such as coffee, tea and some sodas

Avoid sweet, sticky, acidic or dry foods lemon or cinnamon flavoured candy or gum

Avoid alcohol or alcohol products (such as mouth rinses with alcohol).

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