Soddy Daisy Smiles shares dry mouth causes and cures

Xerostomia, otherwise known as dry mouth, can create real dental dilemmas for many patients. Drs. Robert and Mandy Shearer at Soddy Daisy Smiles and their team have some information to help find a solution.

photo Drs. Robert and Mandy Shearer

"Dry mouth usually occurs when the production of saliva slows down," Mandy Shearer explained.

Common symptoms include a sticky, dry feeling in the mouth, frequent thirst, sores in the mouth or cracked lips, a dry feeling in the throat and even a burning or tingling sensation around the tongue.

"Drier conditions can result in difficulty speaking, sore throat and constant thirst," Mandy Shearer added. "In persistent cases, it can also lead to bad breath,"

For those wondering how this can manifest itself, Robert Shearer said that the natural saliva that has so mysteriously seemed to vanish has a job to do: flushing bacteria and leftover food particles from the mouth.