Many of our patients comment on having a dry mouth, and they are curious if there is anything out there that can help. Over 1400 medications are known to cause dry mouth as a side effect. If you are taking three or more medications at a time, there is a good chance you will experience dry mouth as a result.
Xylitol products can help to increase your salivary flow and reduce the adherence of bacteria to your teeth and gums. This decrease in sticky, acidic bacteria will help to reduce your risk of cavities. Xylitol is a naturally occurring sugar that is found in many fruits, vegetables, and even in the human body. It is a safe alternative to sugar.
At Reflections Dental Care, we have mints, gum, and a dry mouth spray available to aid in your dry mouth. Each of these products contains xylitol as the first ingredient, and will not only help give you relief from dry mouth, but also reduce your risk of cavities. Strive for five exposures of xylitol a day!