Excessive Thirst: Why Am I So Thirsty?

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Dry Mouth

A common condition associated with excessive thirst is xerostomia, or dry mouth, caused by reduced saliva production. Symptoms can range from mild irritation to serious oral diseases. Insufficient saliva may interfere with taste and make chewing and swallowing food difficult.

Dry mouth may also cause discomfort while speaking. Drinking water is a natural reaction to excessive thirst and dry mouth, but water may only provide temporary relief. Saliva substitutes or sugar-free gum may help alleviate discomfort until the underlying cause of xerostomia is identified.5‘Xerostomia (Dry Mouth),’ www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/xerostomia

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