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Why is dry mouth a problem?

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Besides the symptoms it causes, dry mouth also raises your risk of gingivitis (gum disease), tooth decay, and mouth infections, such as thrush.

Dry mouth can also make it hard to wear dentures.

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

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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