★ A dry feeling in the throat
★ A burning or tingling sensation in the mouth and especially on the tongue
★ A dry, red, raw tongue
★ Problems speaking or difficulty tasting, chewing, and swallowing
★ Hoarseness, dry nasal passages, sore throat
★ Bad breath
Besides causing the aggravating symptoms mentioned above, dry mouth also increases a person's risk of gingivitis (gum disease), tooth decay
, and mouth infections, such as thrush.