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How can I get dry mouth?

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We all need saliva to moisten and cleanse our mouths and digest food. Saliva also prevents infection by controlling bacteria and fungi in the mouth.

When you don't make enough saliva, your mouth gets dry and uncomfortable. Fortunately, many treatments can help against dry mouth, which is also called xerostomia.

From: Dental Health and Dry Mouth WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

FDA: "Dry Mouth? Don't delay Treatment."

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine: "Xerostomia (Dry Mouth)."

Academy of General Dentistry: "Correct Diagnosis Provides Relief for Dry Mouth Sufferers."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on March 10, 2019

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FDA: "Dry Mouth? Don't delay Treatment."

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine: "Xerostomia (Dry Mouth)."

Academy of General Dentistry: "Correct Diagnosis Provides Relief for Dry Mouth Sufferers."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on March 10, 2019

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