Diseases and Conditions

Causes of Dry Mouth


Dry mouth is an unpleasant feeling. The salivary glands are responsible for keeping your mouth moist with saliva. Salivary glands respond to a variety of stimuli like food, liquids, and certain smells to produce saliva. When the salivary glands are not working properly, they do not produce enough saliva to keep the mouth moist. This creates a sensation of parched skin on the tongue and the roof of the mouth.

The lack of saliva is not good for your overall health. Saliva has enzymes that help to break down food during the digestive process. Saliva also helps to prevent bacterial and fungal growth in your mouth that can cause a variety of oral health problems. Poor oral hygiene is one of the main causes of dry mouth. Here are some of the other causes of dry mouth.

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