Dry mouth is a condition that usually results from decreased production of saliva. At times, xerostomia can make it difficult to speak and may lead to malnutrition.
Extreme dry mouth and salivary gland dysfunction can produce significant and permanent mouth and throat disorders and can impair a person's quality of life. Dry mouth is also called xerostomia.
Treatment: Treatment for dry mouth depends on what is causing the problem. Generally, treatment of a dry mouth focuses on three areas: • Managing underlying medical conditions causing the dry mouth • Preventing tooth decay • Increasing the flow of saliva. Epidemiology: Dry mouth syndrome affects 0.1-4% of the population.