How is dry mouth characterized in Sjögren syndrome?

Updated: Mar 05, 2021
  • Author: Sriya K Ranatunga, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Patients may describe the effects dry mouth in the following ways:

  • Inability to eat dry food (eg, crackers) because it sticks to the roof the mouth

  • Tongue sticking to the roof of the mouth

  • Putting a glass of water on the bed stand to drink at night (and resulting nocturia)

  • Difficulty speaking for long periods of time or the development of hoarseness

  • Higher incidence of dental caries and periodontal disease

  • Altered sense of taste

  • Difficulty wearing dentures

  • Development of oral candidiasis with angular cheilitis, which can cause mouth pain


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