Why a dry mouth needs to be taken seriously

Up to 1 in 4 Australians experience a dry mouth – but only 7% will do something about it, even

Up to 1 in 4 Australians experience a dry mouth – but only 7% will do something about it, even though there are readily available ways we can address it.

A dry mouth begins when something stops the salivary glands from producing the saliva they need to keep your mouth moistened. Sometimes it can be a specific illness or procedure; often it’s simply a side effect of a medication, or an interaction between multiple medications.

Many people will simply put up with the day-to-day discomforts of a dry mouth without realising it can be relieved.

A dry mouth can genuinely affect your quality of life by making fundamental activities more difficult. Without enough saliva, simply eating and talking can be inherently uncomfortable processes.

How can I treat it?

There are two important ways you may be able to turn your situation around – starting today.

The most important step is to see your GP to better understand what might be causing your dry mouth, and whether or not it’s something you can avoid.

Secondly, you can make life with a dry mouth easier on a practical day-to-day basis.

Biotene is a range of oral care products specially formulated for those with a dry mouth. It’s a simple, unobtrusive way to help relieve the discomfort that can hold you back from the life you want.

Available in supermarkets and pharmacies, Biotene can help moisturise your dry mouth and offer immediate relief whenever you need it throughout the day.

With a combination of mouthwash, toothpaste, mouth spray and moisturising gel, you can find comfort and relief right around the clock – without getting in the way of your lifestyle or routine.

Click here to learn more about the easy, practical ways you can relieve a dry mouth from day to day.

This post is sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare. For more information, please visit the Biotene website.

  1. Hans de Rycke  

    Biotene Oral Balance Side Effects. Generic Name: saliva substitutes topical
    Side Effects

    Note: This page contains information about the side effects of saliva substitutes topical. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Biotene Oral Balance.
    For the Consumer

    Applies to saliva substitutes topical: powder, solution, spray

    When used in small doses, no COMMON side effects have been reported with this product. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur while taking saliva substitutes topical (the active ingredient contained in Biotene Oral Balance)

    Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).

    For Healthcare Professionals

    Applies to saliva substitutes topical: oral gel, oral lozenge, oral paste, oral powder for reconstitution, oral solution, oral spray, oral swab, oral tablet

    Numoisyn Lozenge: Excessive consumption can cause minor digestive problems.

    Numoisyn Liquid: Patients may experience difficulty in swallowing.

    If small amounts of Caphosol or NeutraSal are swallowed accidentally, no adverse effects are anticipated.

    Numoisyn Liquid: Patients may experience altered speech and changes in taste.[Ref]

    1. “Product Information. NeutraSal (saliva substitutes).” Invado Pharmaceuticals, Pomona,, NY.

    2. “Product Information. Caphosol (saliva substitutes).” Cytogen Corporation, Princeton, NJ.

    Not all side effects for Biotene Oral Balance may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

  2. Carol Homann  

    Some people breathe through the mouth rather than the nose. This leads to a dry mouth. Try keeping your mouth closed and breathing through the nose will alleviate the problem without medication.

    Dehydration will also cause a dry mouth, in which case you need to drink more water. Chlorine is a poison, so get a water filter, which makes your tap water taste better, or fill bottles with water and leave them uncorked in the sun for a couple of hours. The chlorine will dissipate but the water may taste muddy.

  3. Mary  

    Yep only gave dry mouth because at night do not breathe through my nose. This is not information but a great big ad disguised as medical information. Shame

    • Carol Homann  

      How to avoid sucralose: avoid Splenda and products with the ingredient “sucralose.”

      Sugar alcohols refer to any of the following artificial sweeteners: erythritol, glucitol/sorbitol, glycerol/glycerin, isomalt, lactitol, maltitol, mannitol, sorbitol and xylitol. These substances range from being non-caloric to very low in calories, at around 3 calories per serving. Sugar alcohols are hydrogenated carbohydrates, derived from a variety of natural resources. These substances have yet to be found to cause severely negative health effects, though may have disadvantages. Due to the fact that sugar alcohols are much more difficult for the human body to digest, many people are noted to have minor though uncomfortable gastrointestinal problems and weight gain as a result of overconsumption of the susbstances.

      How to avoid sugar alcohols: it may be less important to completely rule out consuming sugar alcohols, as their negative side effects are not life-threatening. However, moderating the amount of one’s sugar alcohol intake may be helpful. Other names for “sugar alcohol” are polyol, polyhydric alcohol, polyalcohol, and glycitol.

  4. Robyn Pearson  

    sorry guys tastes bloody awful i just drink water

  5. Pat Zammit  

    I have tried Biotene mouthwash, toothpaste and mouth spray, all pretty much useless, I always carry a water bottle and suck on a mint which seems to stimulate saliva.

    • Lindy  

      I agree. Have tried a couple of different brands but have found water and mints work better.

  6. Hans de Rycke  

    What you eat will instigate a flow of saliva mixed with enzymes like ptyalin and amylase. Here, in the mouth, is where digestion starts. Without this first phase in digestion other steps can’t do their thing either. Allergic foods will not instigate the release of enzymes, since digestion is turned off during a ‘fight or flight’ reaction.
    Perhaps a change of diet will be of help. Avoidance of dairy products might also be beneficial since dairy is the number 1 allergen, followed by peanuts, shellfish and food colouring.

  7. Chris oakes  

    I’m presently going through the process of finding out what dry mouth is . Had a operation to open my nasal passages due to chronic sinas problems .Now have this dry mouth more at the back of the mouth gone through the allergys food hay fever now trying to breathe through my nose will be taping my mouth up at night this is when it effects me the mostly as it carries on to the rest of the day . Will the temperature in the room have any effect on this..?

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