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Imagine waking up multiple times a night feeling parched and like your tongue has swollen. This common condition is called dry mouth. Dry mouth syndrome is also known as xerostomia. It occurs when your salivary glands don't produce enough saliva and is a common side-effect of medication. Dry mouth syndrome is rarely serious. However, because saliva is integral to gum health, it can be a frustrating condition to have. Learn more about the symptoms and treatments of dry mouth.

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1. Dryness Inside the Mouth

Saliva prevents tooth decay. By neutralizing bacterial acids, it limits bacterial growth and is also responsible for washing food particles away. Producing less saliva than normal can be a minor nuisance or it can start to affect other parts of your life. If you're experiencing dryness inside the mouth, it may feel like your tongue is swollen or made of sandpaper. Keeping hydrated can help alleviate this symptom.

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