Often mistakenly perceived as an unending source of discomfort, dry mouth (or xerostomia) is a real disorder with multiple causes and real impact. It may be due to:
- Taking medications that reduce the amount of saliva
- Chemotherapy treatments
- Sjögren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease associated with arthritis and lupus
- Age, as for some people the amount of saliva decreases over the yearsHowever, saliva is a crucial cleanser for good oral health. In the case of dry mouth, the saliva’s pH can decrease, causing the growth of harmful bacteria and leading to various dental problems, such as cavities, gingivitis, periodontal disease, bad breath, etc. Dry mouth also results in difficulty chewing and swallowing, especially dry foods like crackers.
Did you know that there are several products to help relieve dry mouth, such as lubricants, artificial saliva substitutes, non-irritating toothpastes and even lozenges? For example, XyliMelts tablets are sold in pharmacies; they adhere between the molars and the cheek before going to bed. During the night they release xylitol (a 100% natural product without GMO, gluten or sugar) in a slow, safe way that stimulates saliva during sleep. They are available in regular or mint flavour and are a discreet, practical solution so that you awaken with fresh mouth every morning. XyliMelts tablets can even be used discreetly during the day as needed.
To find the right solution for your symptoms, ask your dentist.