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What doctor to see for a dry mouth?

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So my parents noticed that one side of my neck was larger than the other and I went and got tested. The doctor gave me almost a year of thyroid medicine, but I showed no symptons beside the neck. Then I went to another doctor and he said I might have the graves disease and I got blood checked and he gave me more thyroid medicine. After taking it for 2 months I went back and got checked and the blood results were good and he told me to take it for a few more months and then he said I should be fine and took me off the medication. Then a few months later I began experiencing that my mouth was dry all the time even when I am drinking water. I thought it would go away but it's been months now and my mouth is feeling quite dry. Which type of doctor should I go see to check my problem? I got bloodtested and they said it wasn't diabetes, so they don't know what it is. It seems like my mouth is getting drier, and I haven't been taking the thryroid medicine for months now and my mouth is still dry. I could use some advice so I know what to do, besides seeing a physician. Thanks for the help!


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replied January 26th, 2007
General Q&A Answer A2207
There is a difference between experiencing a dry mouth and sensing that you have a dry mouth. A real dry mouth is usually a sign of serious conditions such as dehydration (in case of febrile conditions, sunstroke, heavy diarrhea, severe bleeding or large skin burns) or destruction of the salivary glands (Sjogren’s syndrome). Your primary health provider or dentist should first diagnose dry mouth or make it clear that you only sense dryness in the mouth. If everything is fine, you can overcome the feeling of mouth dryness by using chewing gum.
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