Dry Mouth (Xerostomia): Causes & Symptoms

 Likes  Comments

When you’re suffering from dry mouth, it’s not exactly difficult to detect; your tongue feels like sand, you can’t seem to generate any saliva, and it becomes more difficult to swallow. While most people assume that dry mouth is solely caused by dehydration, the truth is that this affliction can come from a number of causes.

What is Dry Mouth?

Dry mouth or xerostomia is primarily defined by the lack of saliva production in your mouth. Saliva is a very important fluid in our body because it helps us speak, chew, spit and digest food, but most people don’t think about it until it’s gone.


Xerostomia can be caused by any of the following reasons:

  • Medications (especially antihistamines, painkillers, muscle relaxants, and anti-depressants)
  • Smoking
  • Pregnancy
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Natural aging process


While this condition isn’t necessarily dangerous, it can make life uncomfortable, as it can result in:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Sudden, strong craving for water
  • Bad breath
  • A dry tongue
  • Cracked lips
  • A sore throat
Rate this article
Average rating 3.8 out of 5.0 based on 2 user(s).