What is dry mouth?

Dry mouth (professionally called "xerostomia") is a common and debilitating condition. The hallmark of this condition is the feeling that everything sticks in the mouth.

Already recognized in ancient times as extremely distressing, dry mouth is implicitly warned from in the Bible: "If I do not remember you Jerusalem, let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth, if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy".

Who gets dry mouth?

Dry mouth can affect everybody, old and young, women and men, "common" people and celebrities. Tennis icon Venus Williams has announced a few years ago that she was suffering from Sjögren's syndrome a disease that causes dry mouth.

The famous actor and Oscar winner Michael Douglas has been quoted as having said "So your mouth is very dry - particularly affects you at night - for sleeping".

What is this website?

Dry-mouth.org is aimed at providing a platform for information about a variety of aspects related to dry mouth, including diagnosis, classification and treatment. I, Dr. Andy Wolff, am the administrator of this website.

  • If you have any questions related to dry mouth, please feel free to contact me and I will do my best to answer.
  • If you have any idea or want to share any information for the benefit of Dry-mouth.org visitors, you can write to me and I will do my best to publish it.

Our motto is Win, Enjoy, Transmit - WET! That means that by our interactive approach you can Win new knowledge, Enjoy this website, and Transmit new information.

Saliva and oral health

Did you know that saliva is related to…?

teeth protection

Teeth protection

Saliva washes away tooth harming substances, kills bacteria, strengthens the teeth and fights decay prompting acidity. When you lack saliva, you also lack those wonderful properties.

sleep quality and saliva secretion

sleep quality

Thanks to saliva your mouth feels comfortable. When you lack saliva, you may need to wake up to rinse your mouth because it feels dry and sticky.

Saliva kills germs that cause bad breath

bad breath

Saliva helps cleansing the mouth from substances causing bad breath. When you lack saliva, those substances can stay and be the source of bad breath.

About Dr. Andy Wolff

Dr. Andy Wolff is a dentist and Specialist in Oral Medicine, graduated from the School of Dental Medicine, Tel-Aviv University.

Dr Wolff published over 75 scientific publications and is a popular lecturer and speaker at professional conferences in over 20 countries.

Dr Wolff is a recipient of 10 research grants with a total value of over 5 million Euros and have registered patents on intraoral devices for saliva collection, salivary gland electrostimulation and drug delivery.

Selected highlights:

  • Former Visiting Fellow, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD, USA
  • Discovery that HIV virus is inhibited by saliva secreted from human salivary glands
  • Former Director, Saliva Clinic, School of Dental Medicine, Tel-Aviv University
  • Former Director, Hospital Dentistry Department, Assuta Hospital, Tel-Aviv
  • Partner (with Eng. Ben Z. Beiski) of Saliwell Ltd. (oral medical devices company)
  • Head, Medication-induced salivary gland dysfunction group, World Workshop on Oral Medicine VI

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Dr. Andy Wolff
Dr. Andy Wolff