Five reasons why you could be experiencing dry mouth


Health advice from Superintendent Pharmacist Jagdeesh Cheema of

Dryness of the mouth can not only cause serious discomfort but also a bitter taste, as well as bad breath due to the mucus membranes drying out. It is thought that one in five adults are thought to suffer from this condition in the UK, according to research

Stimulating saliva production not only keeps the mouth wet, but also helps to digest your food and control the bacteria in the mouth – preventing infection. 

Here are five reasons why you could be experiencing this condition… 

The Menopause

Around 80% of women experience symptoms of the menopause and whilst you may have heard about hot flushes and mood swings being a common occurrence – did you know that dry mouth can also be an unwanted side effect?

Most people are likely to experience dry mouth from time to time. However, for menopausal women this condition is often persistent, and it sometimes sticks around during the post-menopausal period. This is because during and after the menopause a woman’s hormone levels dramatically change; which can often affect the salivary glands, leading to a persistent dryness in the mouth.

Lack of H2o

If your body is dehydrated, the first sign of this could be that your mouth feels dry and uncomfortable. Your skin may also appear drier than usual and when pinched, the skin of a dehydrated person may remain tented; and take longer to go back to a flat state. It can vary from person, to person, on how much we should drink but make sure you keep drinking plenty of fluids, especially during sports activities.Always have a drink close at hand to rinse your mouth in between and to keep it moist at all times. It’s best to drink regularly, even if you don’t feel thirsty.

Cancer treatment

Dry mouth can be a troubling side effect of radiotherapy and chemotherapy when treating cancer. When the salivary glands have been exposed to the likes of radiation, it can lead to them not working properly. Sometimes, over time, the salivary glands will start to work again but they rarely return to their normal function, meaning that dry mouth caused by radiation to the salivary glands can be a life-long problem.

You’re a smoker

Smokers often suffer from a feeling of dryness in their mouth. This is due to the nicotine and hot smoke, which can have a drying effect on the mucous membrane. To help relieve symptoms it’s better to quit smoking all together, as this would also help your overall health too. However, if this is something you are struggling with, try cutting down on your smoking consumption and drink a glass of water after a cigarette to help deter dry mouth occurring.

You have a de-hydrating diet

A balanced and healthy diet can help prevent a dry mouth, with plenty of fresh vegetables, mild spices and not too much salt. Be cautious when having sugary meals and snacks too, as sugar binds liquid and makes saliva viscous. Alcohol and caffeine can also have a drying effect and should only be consumed in moderation. Make sure you drink additional fluids to balance this out.  

The ultimate dry mouth saviour!

If you are suffering from dry mouth, due to one or more of the circumstances above, Grether’s Pastilles are at hand… To boost your saliva production between meals, enjoy Grether’s Pastilles which essences of sun-ripened berries and blossoms, glycerine and high-quality agar-agar, help to prevent dry mouth from occurring. Grether’s Pastilles are available in four deliciously intense fruity flavours, including blackcurrant, elderflower, blueberry and red currants. Each flavour is available as traditional or sugar free in 60g tin (£3.99), 110g tin (£5.99), 440g tin (£19.99) or 100g refill pouch (£4.23) from