The signs and symptoms of a dry mouth just can’t be ignored. Your mouth and throat dry up and get sticky. If the saliva flow slows down or stops altogether, your usual way of speaking, chewing, swallowing, and even tasting food can be affected. Almost one in ten people goes through a severe dry mouth. Cancer patients often get dry mouth after radiation to the head and neck or after taking certain medicines. This condition is also called xerostomia. Whatever the cause, the exsiccated sensation is not only disturbing but hurting, and can also lead to infections, cavities, and tooth decay. It can also interrupt good eating habits that can keep you healthy and well-fed. Sometimes, a medicine might be the reason for mouth dryness, and a dentist can safely switch it to give you some comfort.