Dry Mouth Relief
If you, someone you know, or one of your patients is suffering from dry mouth; here is a list of options for potential relief options to try. This is not an exhaustive list, and if you are suffering from dry mouth you should consult with your dentist or physician to determine underlying conditions. Some of these products are not necessarily for dry mouth, but do help protect the teeth from the damaging effects of dry mouth. Of course remember to drink lot’s of water throughout the day for dry mouth! Lastly, this list is in no particular order.
- XyliGel from OraCoat: This gel contains 153mg of Xylitol per serving, which is a 1mL squeeze of the product. OraCoat also has XyliMelts, containing Xylitol and instructions include using before bed, or anytime dry mouth occurs. These products can be found online or in many different retail locations.
- Biotene OralBalance Gel: Coming from a company known for its dry mouth products, the OralBalance gel claims to provide relief for up to 4 hours. Also contains Xylitol and can be found online and at many retail stores.
- GC Dry Mouth Gel: The first of a couple GC products on this post, this product claims to provide a protective coat around the teeth and oral tissues. Simple application and safe to swallow.
- Biotene Dry Mouth Oral Rinse: Another product in Biotene’s lineup, contains moisturizing ingredients and has Xylitol as well. Product description notes that it can be used up to five times per day to help relieve symptoms.
- Oral-B Dry Mouth Oral Rinse Mouthwash: Oral-B has a lot of products that claim to work well for dry mouth. One of the main active ingredients in this product is Sodium Hyaluronate which is commonly used as a lubricant safe for the human body.
- SmartMouth Dry Mouth Activated Oral Rinse: Marketed for those with dry mouth and bad breath, this product uses a patented zinc ion formulation to fight bad breath. Also available in stores or online.
- ACT Dry Mouth Mouthwash with Xylitol: This mouthwash has multiple ingredients that may be beneficial for people with dry mouth. Xylitol, Fluoride and the lubricating ingredients may all help to benefit teeth in those suffering from dry mouth.
- CloSYS: A different take on the usual dry mouth game, CloSYS uses fluoride which is good for teeth and stabilized chlorine dioxide which is a water purifying agent that helps with bad breath.
Mints and Gum:
- Elevate Oral Care Epic Xylitol Gum: Both of the products in this category are used to help stimulate salivary flow to combat dry mouth.
- Elevate Oral Care Epic Xylitol Mints: They also both contain Xylitol, an ingredient you have seen listed elsewhere in this post which has cavity bacteria-fighting capabilities.
- Biotene Fluoride Toothpaste: On paper, just another toothpaste that you can use containing fluoride. But this toothpaste is also SLS free, which is a common irritant to some people.
Prescription needed Products:
- SalivaMax from Forward Science: This is a supersaturated solution of calcium phosphate rinse. Commonly prescribed for patients with radiation treatment, severe xerostomia, or mucositis post cancer. Mix the packets with 1mL of water and swish.
- Pilocarpine: Commonly prescribed for patients with Sjögren’s Sjogren’s Syndrome and radiation induced destruction of salivary glands, this medication helps the body produce extra saliva. There are common side-effects and interactions with other drugs, so consult with a dental professional before usage.
- Prevident 5000: There are multiple variations of this Colgate product. It has a high content of sodium fluoride, which is important for those with dry mouth to help protect teeth from the low pH environment(acidic).
- GC America MI Paste and MI Paste Plus: Not necessarily a toothpaste, but it is to be used after brushing around teeth and gums that are at risk of caries/have sensitivity/feel dry, because of dry mouth. Contains Casein Phosphopeptide-Amorphous Calcium Phosphate which comes from milk, so confirm any milk allergies or vegan preferences before usage.
All of these products listed above could potentially help relieve dry mouth symptoms/ help reduce cavities in those who do have dry mouth. However, it is still important to discuss symptoms with your dentist to rule out any underlying conditions or allergies to any of the products listed above before trying them. Of course avoiding things like alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, and spicy foods can help to relieve dry mouth as well.
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