We all need saliva to moisten and cleanse our mouths and digest food. Saliva also prevents infection by controlling bacteria and fungi in the mouth. Chronic dry mouth, or xerostomia, is a common condition that interferes with everyday activities, such as eating, talking or sleeping, and can affect about 25% of all adults. When we don’t produce enough saliva, our mouth gets dry and uncomfortable. There are many causes of dry mouth, including medications, certain diseases and some medical treatments. Fortunately, there are many effective treatments and products available for dry mouth.
One such product, XyliMelts, stimulates saliva production, moisturizing the mouth and coating it in a soothing oral lubricant to keep your mouth comfortable for hours. You may purchase Xylimelts and other products from the Orahealth web site.
Biotene is the name of a company that makes a wide selection of products to moisten the mouth, too, including sprays, rinses, gels, and pastes. See their website for more information, Biotene