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Dry mouth—known medically as xerostomia—is a condition that occurs when saliva glands in the mouth don’t work properly, causing a parched feeling in the mouth. Other symptoms include a rough tongue, mouth sores, and cracked lips.
Saliva is a necessary part of the digestion process, as well as a major defense mechanism that your body needs to maintain good dental health. Saliva protects the mouth against gum disease and tooth decay. While not a serious medical condition, dry mouth can be a sign of a larger medical problem.
Dry mouth is usually a temporary and treatable condition. In most cases, it can be treated by doing on or more of the following:
Written by: the Healthline Editorial Team
Published on: Sep 07, 2010
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