The 3 Most Common Myths About Dry Mouth

The 3 Most Common Myths About Dry Mouth

There’s a lot of information out there about dry mouth, its symptoms and its causes. Some of this information is helpful and grounded in good science. Some of it is just plain false.

As dry mouth relief experts, we here at HYDRALIEF™ pride ourselves in knowing everything there is to know about dry mouth. We live it, breathe it, and think about it 24/7. This is how we were able to patent such an effective formula for our products.

But we also pride ourselves in genuinely caring about our customers. And part of the way we show this is by sharing good information with you.

So today, we want to bust three common myths about dry mouth and get to the truth once and for all.

1. Only elderly people get dry mouth.

The reason people assume only the elderly have dry mouth is probably because prescription medications can cause dry mouth. And, the older you get, the more your health might decline, so you are more likely be on multiple prescription medications. This increases your chances for experiencing dry mouth.

But it is not age alone that causes dry mouth.

Dry mouth can be caused by a number of things in addition to prescription medications, such as autoimmune disease, chemotherapy and radiation. None of these factors discriminate by age. So, if you think you’re too young to get dry mouth, you’re not. Dry mouth happens to people of all ages.

2. The solution to dry mouth is to drink more water.

Again, this goes back to causes of dry mouth. If dehydration is causing your mouth to feel dry then yes, water will take care of that. But true dry mouth is caused by more than dehydration. Dry mouth occurs when your mouth stops producing enough saliva and, as we said above, this could be due to the medication you’re taking, cancer treatments or autoimmune disease.

In this case, water will not cure your dry mouth.

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3. Dry mouth only affects the mouth.

Because it’s called “dry mouth,” many people think dry mouth only affects the mouth. However, because dry mouth is a saliva deficiency, dry mouth can actually cause much more than simply a dry and uncomfortable feeling in the mouth.

Saliva is what our body uses to start the breakdown of our food so that we can easily digest it. If you aren’t producing enough saliva, digesting food becomes difficult. This can cause weight loss or even a disinterest in eating.

People who suffer from dry mouth also often report how difficult it is to chew, swallow and speak. When they can’t easily perform these simple functions, it can cause them to isolate themselves, feel self-conscious about speaking, or opt to eat alone.

While the official name is dry mouth, don’t let this limit your understanding of it. Dry mouth can affect other areas of the body, physically and mentally.

We hope debunking these popular dry mouth myths has been helpful. As always, we’re here to answer any of your questions about dry mouth, its causes and its symptoms. Email us at or click here to order a free sample of our products today.