Oral Health Group

June 3, 2014
by Oral Health Group

Immediate relief from dry mouth, at home or on the go The new Biotène® spray provides instant moisturization and helps freshen breath. The spray gives you comfort and relief from dryness and is great to use during the day or on the go, anytime, anywhere.

About Dry Mouth
Dry mouth is a common problem, affecting about 20% of older adults. [OCF p1B]

More than 400 medications can cause dry mouth, including antihistamines, decongestants, and medicines for depression, high blood pressure, and Parkinson’s. [OCF p3A] It can also be caused by chemotherapy [NIDCR p2B] or radiation to the head or neck. [OCF p1A] [NIDCR p2B] Dry mouth may be a sign of a medical condition such as diabetes or Sjögren’s syndrome. [NIDCR p2B] Reduced saliva can impact oral health and quality of life. Dry mouth can disrupt the oral health environment and lead to increased caries1. Undiagnosed or untreated, dry mouth may have a significant impact on quality of life, causing anxiety, embarrassment, stress, and low confidence. 2-5

Biotene®: The #1 Dental Professional Recommended Brand for Dry Mouth Soothe and moisten your mouth with the Biotène®. Biotène® is a system made up of a toothpaste, mouthwash, spray, and gel specially formulated for dry mouth. Each of these products plays a different role as part of a daily oral care routine. www.biotene.ca 

REFERENCES
NIDCR National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. National Institutes of Health. Dry Mouth. http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/oralhealth/topics/drymouth/drymouth.htm

OCF Oral Cancer Foundation. Xerostomia information for dentists. http://www.oralcancerfoundation.org/dental/xerostomia.htm

NHS National Health Service. Thirst or dry mouth. http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/thirst/Pages/Introduction.aspx

1 Turner MD, Ship JA. Dry mouth and its effects on the oral health of elderly people. J Am Dent Assoc. 2007;138:15S–20S.

2 Sreebny LM, Schwartz SS. A reference guide to drugs and dry mouth, 2nd edition. Gerodontology. 1997;14:33–47.

3 Guggenheimer J, Moore PA. Xerostomia: etiology, recognition and treatment. JADA.  2003;134:61–69.

4 Dirix P, et al. The influence of xerostomia after radiotherapy on quality of life: results of a questionnaire in head and neck cancer. Support Care Cancer. 2008;16:171–179.

5 Thomson WM, et al. The impact of xerostomia on oral-health-related quality of life among younger adults. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes. 2006;4:86.


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