Dry mouth is also known as xerostomia. It occurs when salivary glands of mouth do not produce enough saliva. This condition causes a parched, or dry, feeling in mouth. It can also cause other symptoms, such as bad breath, a dry throat, and cracked lips.
Saliva is a necessary part of digestion process. It helps moisten and break down food. It also works as a major defense mechanism to help body maintain good dental health, protecting mouth against gum disease and tooth decay.
Dry mouth is not a serious medical condition on its own. However, it is sometimes a symptom of another underlying medical problem that requires treatment. It can also lead to complications like tooth decay.
In addition, dry mouth may result in lipstick sticking to the teeth.
Dry mouth is caused when the salivary glands in the mouth do not make enough saliva to keep mouth wet. These glands may not work properly as the result of:
BRYONIA : Useful for dry mouth associated with markedly dry and parched lips,throat and tongue.Given when tongue feels rough and cracked and may be coated white or yellow.There is increased thirst for water and drinking momentarily offers relief in dryness.There is bad, offensive odour from mouth with frothy saliva.
NUX MOSCHATA : Useful for intensely dry mouth with sticking of tongue to roof of mouth/palate. The throat is also dry.Given when dryness of mouth and throat is very troublesome while sleeping.Useful for bad smell from the mouth and a foul, bitter or sour taste persists.
NATRUM MUR : Very useful in cases of dryness of mouth, lips and tongue when all food tastes bitter. There is clean, shiny appearance of tongue.Useful for burning sensation at tip of tongue.Also useful for apthae on tongue and cheeks with great smarting and burning sensation.
KALI BICHROME : Very well-indicated medicine for dry mouth with sticky/stringy saliva with bitter or salty taste in mouth.Given when dryness of mouth gets better by drinking cold water. There may be a coppery taste in mouth.Given when tongue is also dry, red and cracked and may have a yellow-white coating. There may be stinging and pricking pains in tongue.
BELLADONA : Helpful for treating cases of dryness of mouth, inner cheeks, fauces and throat. There is excessive dryness of throat which can cause difficulty in swallowing.There is burning, scraping and a constricted sensation felt in the throat along with dryness.
PULSATILLA : Useful for dry mouth which is attended with bad or putrid breath which is mostly noted in the morning time. Given when along with mouth the tongue and pharynx are also dry.