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Difficulty swallowing and talking change in taste
Speaking and swallowing
Patients with dry mouth may experience difficulty with swallowing, mastication and speaking due to a lack of moisture and lubrication in the oral cavity.
A change in sense of taste
Saliva plays a role in our experience of taste and patients with dry mouth may find a change in their sense of taste, growing an intolerance towards spicy, salty, or sour foods and drinks.
Rough, dry, desert-like tongue Tooth decay
A rough, dry, desert-like tongue

Moisture of the tongue is maintained by the saliva. However, with a lack of salivary flow the tongue can become extremely dry, sore and red causing discomfort and even a burning feeling to the patient.

Tooth decay

Patients with dry mouth are at a higher risk of developing tooth decay. Saliva helps maintain a neutral pH in the mouth and aids with food clearance. A lack of saliva can cause difficulties in buffering the acids caused by bacteria or ingested foods. Caries as a result of dry mouth occurs on the incised or occlusal edges and in the cervical region.

Bad breath Cracked lips

Due to the lack of cleansing action provided by normal salivary volume and flow, patients can experience bad breath.

Cracked, peeling or atrophic lip

A lack of moisture can cause sores on the lips, split skin at the corners of the lips and cracked, dry lips.

gum disease
Gum disease

Patients with dry mouth may be at increased risk of gum disease. With a reduced salivary flow bacteria and plaque will not be flushed from the mouth and is more likely to attack the teeth and gums.



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