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Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is a common and often distressing condition affecting hundreds of millions of people worldwide.   


It is a long standing and mostly irreversible condition also known as Xerostomia.  It affects approximatley 15% of the population, rising to 25% in the over 65’s.


The commonest causes include:

  • Head and neck radiation therapy.

  • Chemotherapy.

  • Nerve damage.

  • Side effects caused by medicines e.g. anticholinergics, antidepressants.

  • Disease: medical conditions such as Sjogrens syndrome in 2% of the population, 90% of which are women.

  • Sarcoidosis, Diabetes, SLE, Rheumatoid Arthritis.

The leading cause of dry mouth is medication.

60% of dry mouth sufferers are over 60 years of age.

More than 25% of sufferers are uncertain of the cause of their dry mouth.

Over 85% of sufferers have reported disturbed sleep.

More than 50% of sufferers report that dry mouth affects their socialising.

78% of sufferers reported dry mouth as exhausting and that it affects their mental health.

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