This annoying complaint can also be a red flag that you have an underlying health condition, such as Sjogren’s syndrome (an autoimmune disease that attacks moisture-producing glands in the body), high blood sugar, or diabetes. More rarely, dry mouth may signal nerve damage in the head or neck.
It’s important to see your MD to rule out any of these more serious health issues. Regardless of the cause, dry mouth can eventually result in sores, a fungal infection in your mouth, gum disease, or tooth decay. Ask your doctor or dentist about over-the-counter toothpaste, mouthwashes, and gels designed specifically for easing dry mouth symptoms, in addition to prescription oral medications that stimulate saliva production.
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