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Can dry mouth effect your speech, like slurring?

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  • Dr. Chris January 30, 2011

    Yes, it can. Saliva not only contains digestive enzymes but also moisturizes the mouth cavity and lubricates it during eating and talking. Dryness of the mouth makes the tongue feel a bit “thick” as it is sometimes described and there is slight slurring of the speech. However it has to be investigated whether the slurring is a feature of the condition that is causing the dryness or whether it is a consequence of a dry mouth, as is sometimes seen with certain neurological conditions. You should have this investigated by a doctor as soon as possible.

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