How Prevalent Is Dry Mouth?

If you’ve been told you have xerostomia, also known as dry mouth, you’re not alone. Many studies show that at least 25% of adults have dry mouth, and that number goes up to 40% in people over the age of 55.

Even though dry mouth is amongst the most common oral health issues, it’s not discussed very often. This has led to some misinformation about it, and perhaps led you to believe you’re alone in dealing with your dry mouth. If you’re still learning about this condition, here’s what you should know about how common it is, the risk factors, and ways to prevent or treat it.

Who’s More Likely to Have Dry Mouth?

Anyone can have dry mouth and about one in every five men and one in every four women does. But studies show some people are a bit more likely than others to be affected by this condition. For example, one study found that around 27% of women had dry mouth, compared to about 21% of men who did.

Studies also found that dry mouth is more common as you get older. This is not just because of the aging process itself, but older people often need more medication. Many medications have the side effect of dry mouth. So, the more medications you take for your health, the more at risk you are of developing dry mouth.

Common reasons for dry mouth:

  • Sjogren’s disease
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • C-Pap and Sleep Apnea
  • Antihistamines
  • Decongestants
  • Blood pressure medications
  • Sedatives
  • Pain relievers
  • Antidepressants
  • Using alcohol, tobacco, medical marijuana, or drugs
  • Diabetes
  • Lupus
  • Nerve problems
  • Salivary gland infection

If you have any of these health issues or take these medications, you’re at risk for dry mouth. If it’s affecting your quality of life, talk to your doctor to determine the cause of your dry mouth and get help to find the relief you need.

Can You Stop Dry Mouth?

Dry mouth usually happens because of another problem, not on its own. Dry mouth is difficult to prevent since it is a symptom of certain health issues that you can’t control. Also, there are hundreds of medications that can make your mouth dry, some of which you may need to treat an important health condition, and it’s hard to avoid them all.

The best plan is to treat the problem once you notice it. This might mean getting help for the underlying health issue or trying a different medication if you can and always under the direct consultation of your physician!

If changing medications isn’t an option, or fixing the health issue won’t be immediate, it’s time to consider dry mouth treatment options. You can start by drinking more water. Eating foods with high water content, such as produce and soup, will also help.

Taking care of your oral hygiene is also of the utmost importance. Brush and floss at least twice a day and see your dentist two times a year. Most importantly, be your own best advocate. Discuss with your dentist the dry mouth you’re having. Your dentist will know about proven treatment options that include artificial saliva.

One option is Aquoral Oral Protective Spray. Aquoral’s patented technology both lubricates the mouth and creates a protective layer that locks in moisture, giving you relief for up to six hours.  For convenience, Aquoral comes in a month supply of two small spray bottles. You can keep it with you in your purse or pocket and leave the other at your bedside.  When your mouth feels too dry to chew, taste, swallow, or speak comfortably, just use Aquoral Spray three or four times a day.

Considering how effective and convenient it is to use, it’s no wonder that 84% of people who used it said Aquoral improved their quality of life. If you want to beat dry mouth, AquoralLive professionals are available to speak with you right now via a telehealth consult or you can download this form to talk with your doctor or dentist to see if Aquoral is right for you.

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  2. Your information is reviewed by a licensed medical professional who will send it to the pharmacy for processing. The total charge is $99.
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Intake review will take place within 24 hours. Standard shipping times apply – your prescription will arrive in 3-5 days. Select states may be subject to a video call.

Convenient Packaging

Over-the-counter Dry Mouth products are often sold in large bottles due to the frequency of use. Prescription supersaturated calcium phosphate rinses come in foil packets which need to be mixed in a large quantity of water before use.

Aquoral comes in two convenient 10 mL spray bottles that easily fit in a pocket, purse, or on a night table.

No Rinse and Repeat

Many non-prescription Dry Mouth treatments and prescription supersaturated calcium phosphate rinses require rinsing and spitting out and should not be swallowed.

Aquoral is a discreet, easy-to-use spray.


Aquoral’s formulation provides long-lasting relief. Finally, a solution that lubricates AND forms a protective layer that keeps moisture in the oral cavity.

Delivering sustainable relief for up to 6 hours.

Provides Relief

Most saliva substitutes hydrate and lubricate the oral mucosa providing temporary relief of Dry Mouth.

Aquoral’s OGT formulation creates a protective shield which, when used alone or combined with other Dry Mouth treatments, can lock in moisture, and enhance effectiveness.

What is Dry Mouth?

Dry Mouth is a more serious medical condition than its name would suggest. In most cases, patients’ daily lives and oral health can be significantly compromised if their Dry Mouth is not discovered early and managed effectively. It can be caused or exacerbated by more than 700 medications, both over-the-counter and prescription. Patients with certain health conditions or medical treatments, such as Sjögren’s disease or head and neck cancer therapy often experience Dry Mouth.

Despite being a common medical condition, the signs and symptoms may go unnoticed in a routine oral exam. It has been reported that the incidence of Dry Mouth in the general population is as high as 65 percent.

Source: ADA Science Institute, C. (2017). Oral Health Topics: Dry Mouth (Dry Mouth). JADA. Mouth.