Successful relief from Dry Mouth depends on many factors, it is important that sufferers speak with a healthcare professional.
A consultation may include a review of medical history, medications used and a thorough oral examination. This will help to confirm the Dry Mouth diagnosis whilst attempting to identify the possible causes. Once this is complete an appropriate plan can be made. This is likely to include not only the relief of the Dry Mouth symptoms, but also treatment of any associated oral and dental complications.
In some cases it may be possible to improve mouth dryness by simply altering a persons medication. Salivary stimulation might also be considered, this may be through additional medication or simply by chewing sugar free gum. However, in many cases this is not an option, as the salivary glands are in fact damaged or impaired due to other necessary treatments (e.g. surgery, radiotherapy).
Good hydration is of course very important, drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day can help. However, as anyone suffering from Dry Mouth will tell you, water alone is usually not enough!
Whilst water can give an instant sensation of wetness in the mouth, it is short lived. Once swallowed, the dryness returns. The reason is that, although water can wet the mouth it doesn’t lubricate it. In saliva this lubrication is created by mucin.
When dryness is prolonged and problematic saliva substitutes are often considered. These often come in the form of oral sprays. Most products are based on synthetic materials like Carboxymethylcellulose, A.S Saliva Orthana is different.
A saliva substitute needs to replicate some of the functions of saliva. It also needs to be pleasant to taste whilst offering effective Dry Mouth Relief.
It is important to ensure that the product you use is pH neutral – like saliva, as this helps to buffer and balance the pH in the mouth. Many products are not pH neutral and any increase in acidity levels in the mouth can lead to increased soreness and a higher risk of tooth decay.
A.S Saliva Orthana
The A.S Saliva Orthana range is pH neutral and the only solution based on natural mucin. Mucin is a glycoprotein, a viscous substance that helps coat the soft tissues of the mouth, resulting in a lubricating and soothing effect. Mucin is also known to provide a protective barrier against desiccation (extreme drying), tooth decay and infection.