Xerostomia or dry mouth

If you feel that your tongue is pasty or thick and you notice little or no salivation, you may have dry mouth, also known as xerostomia.

Saliva plays a very important role in maintaining oral and digestive health by protecting tissues, facilitating chewing and swallowing and stabilizing the pH of the mouth, thus regulating the bacterial flora.

Dry mouth occurs in different contexts such as the use of certain medications, the presence of diseases (diabetes, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis), aging and psychosocial causes (stress, anxiety). In some cases, it might be temporary.

Xerostomia can lead to:

  • An increase in thirst
  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • A predisposition for cavities and development of periodontal diseases
  • Chewing and swallowing difficulties
  • Sore throat
  • A decrease in taste (and may even affect smell)
  • Speech difficulties

Far from being a serious illness, it can be difficult to cope with this condition. Our experienced dentists will advise you on the various ways to minimize inconveniences.