Causes of Dry Mouth

The Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health in America states that hundreds of prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines are the cause of Dry Mouth!



Over 300 Medications

Antidepressants, antihistamines, muscle relaxants, and high blood pressure medicines are those amongst the huge list of culprits. For a comprehensive list of over 300 medications that cause Dry Mouth, please consult the drug chart here.  

Other Common Causes:

  • Cancer treatments - Chemotherapy, Radiotherapy

  • Autoimmune diseases - Lupus, Sjogrens Syndrome

  • Diabetes

  • Hormonal changes - Menopause, Breast feeding

  • Sleep apnea

  • Bacterial infections




Dry Mouth Symptoms That You May Have:

  • Dryness or a feeling of stickiness in your mouth

  • Saliva that seems thick and stringy

  • Bad breath

  • Difficulty chewing, speaking and swallowing

  • Dry or sore throat and hoarseness

  • Dry or grooved tongue

  • A changed sense of taste

  • Problems wearing dentures