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Dry mouth is a condition in which there is not enough saliva in the mouth. Most people experience dry mouth from time to time, but having dry most or all of the time can cause serious health issues. Those with dry mouth may have a hard time chewing, swallowing, speaking, or tasting. Since saliva is a key component in cleaning the mouth, dry mouth can increase the chance of cavities and other oral issues.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, contact our office to see if treatment for dry mouth in New London, Connecticut, is right for you:

– Trouble speaking, swallowing, tasting, or chewing
– A dry or sticky feeling in the mouth
– A burning feeling in the mouth
– A dry throat or tongue
– Cracked lips
– Mouth sores
– Infection in the mouth

Causes of Dry Mouth
Dry mouth occurs when the saliva glands in the mouth are not working correctly. Some reasons why the glands may not work include:

– Some medications cause the reduction of saliva flow
– Some diseases, including Sjogren’s Syndrome, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease
– Radiation therapy for cancer
– Chemotherapy for cancer
– Injury to the neck or head can damage the nerves that tell the salivary glands to produce

If you would like to learn more about dry mouth and solutions for this condition, we encourage you to contact our office at 860-442-3323 today. Our dentist, Dr. Paul Hanna, is more than happy to help you overcome dry mouth.