Dry Mouth : Causes

In many cases Dry Mouth is a side effect of prescribed medication. However, it can also be a result of treatment for another complaint including:

    • Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy


    • Sjögrens syndrome


    • Rheumatoid arthritis


    • Stroke or Parkinsons


    • Alzheimers


    • Nerve damage


    • Diabetes


    • HIV/Aids


    • Anaemia

In these cases the Dry Mouth is often more serious and prolonged, requiring a degree of symptomatic relief. In the UK a saliva substitute is commonly prescribed to help relieve symptoms and improve quality of life.


Other situations that can result in Dry Mouth, include;

    • Breathing through the mouth


    • Anxiety


    • Smoking


    • Drinking alcohol

In these instances the Dry Mouth is often less severe, so symptoms can often be controlled with good hydration, chewing gum and sucking sugar free sweets. Treatment Options