What is a dry mouth?

What are the signs of a dry mouth?

We all need a steady flow of saliva to moisten and cleanse our mouth and digest food. When we don't have enough saliva, our mouth gets dry and uncomfortable.

Saliva helps to moisten food to make it easy to chew and swallow, helps our digestive processes to start, and helps protect teeth.

Common signs associated with oral dryness or a dry mouth:

  • A sticky, dry feeling in the mouth
  • Frequent thirst
  • Sore skin at the corners of the mouth, cracked lips
  • The tongue tending to stick against the roof of the mouth
  • A prickly sensation in the mouth
  • A dry, red, rough tongue
  • Difficulties tasting and chewing
  • Altered sense of taste and texture of food
  • Bad breath

Why is a dry mouth a problem?

The consequences of oral dryness and its associated symptoms are extensive. Dryness in your mouth can lead to issues with tooth decay and oral irritations.

Tooth decay can occur due to the build up of odour causing bacteria in the mouth which maybe due to not having enough saliva. Furthermore, the saliva in the mouth assists with the breakdown of food particles that may further contribute to decay and bad breath.

A dry mouth can also make it difficult to wear dentures.

A persistent dry mouth affects our daily quality of life and needs to be relieved with suitable products for a dry mouth.