Dry Mouth

If your mouth, throat or tongue has started to feel dry and uncomfortable, or if you’re constantly feeling thirsty, you may have a condition called dry mouth syndrome (also known as xerostomia). This occurs due to your body not being able to produce enough saliva.

If you’ve been struggling with a dry mouth and cannot product enough saliva, Just Dental Group can provide you with information on this condition and recommend dry mouth remedies you can try. Our qualified dentist in Prahran will ask you about the symptoms you experience and perform an examination of your mouth.
We also recommend that anyone experiencing dry mouth visits the dentist on a more regular basis, as having a dry mouth can make the teeth prone to cavities due to increased growth of bacteria. The risks of dry mouth can include a higher rate of decay as well as gum disease.

Common Symptoms of Dry Mouth Syndrome

  • Bad breath
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty with speaking, eating and swallowing
  • Dry feeling in the nose
  • Croaky throat
  • Constantly thirsty
  • Pain in the lips, tongue or mouth
  • Lack of taste
  • Difficulty wearing dentures

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Frequently Asked Questions

Older adults are most likely to experience xerostomia, as they might use medications that cause their body to produce less saliva and make their mouth dry.

Saliva ensures that both the mouth and teeth are healthy, as it cleans them, keeps them moist, washes food particles away and minimises how much bacteria can grow.

  • Discomfort
  • Bad breath
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Cavities
  • Various mouth diseases
  • Difficulty wearing dentures
  • Difficulty speaking and swallowing
  • Dry eyes and skin
  • Skin rash
  • Joint pain

Common causes of dry mouth that often lead people to seek out dry mouth treatment include:

  • Smoking and chewing tobacco
  • Medical conditions
  • Use of certain medications
  • Dehydration due to fever, blood loss or other health problems
  • Nerve damage to the head or neck

While there are no treatments for dry mouth, the following remedies can help to lessen its effects:

  • Drinking plenty of fluids, especially water
  • Brushing your teeth after all meals
  • Flossing everyday
  • Rinsing your mouth with a fluoride mouthwash
  • Only chewing sugar-free gum
  • Breathing through the nose and never the mouth
  • Giving up smoking