What Causes

A number of medications and certain medical conditions can impact saliva production and cause you to experience Dry Mouth symptoms or “cotton mouth.”

Dry Mouth and Medication Use

The #1 cause of Dry Mouth is medication use. More than 500 medications can cause Dry Mouth and taking multiple medications can significantly increase your chances of developing a dry mouth.

Dry Mouth and Medical Conditions / Diseases

A number of common medical conditions and diseases can cause Dry Mouth, and so can some cancer treatments such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy.


of people with Dry Mouth are likely to notice symptoms daily, with approximately a third of them experiencing symptoms all the time.

Damage to Your Salivary Glands

Dry Mouth can be caused by salivary gland issues resulting from conditions such as damage due to head and neck cancer radiation therapy, trauma to the local nerves or certain surgeries.

Lifestyle Habits

Dry Mouth can be caused or aggravated by mouth breathing, excessive alcohol or caffeine use and smoking.


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