If you're not producing enough saliva, you may notice the following signs and symptoms:

  • Dryness in your mouth
  • Saliva that seems thick and stringy
  • Sores or split skin at the corners of your mouth
  • Cracked lips
  • Bad breath
  • Difficulty speaking and swallowing
  • Sore throat
  • An altered sense of taste
  • A fungal infection in your mouth
  • Increased plaque, tooth decay and gum disease

In women, dry mouth may result in lipstick adhering to the teeth.

When to see a doctor

If you've noticed persistent dry mouth signs and symptoms, make an appointment with your family doctor or your dentist.

Apr. 07, 2011