Many of us in the Starts at 60 community have been able to maintain our quality of life through regular medications. But as we get older, and the need for medical treatment increases, it is important to consider the side effects.
These side effects won’t necessarily arise from one medication; often it’s a specific combination.
One of the most common side effects is a dry mouth.
More than 500 common medications can stop the body from producing the saliva it needs to moisten and cleanse the mouth (often due to interactions with other medications).
If a dry mouth has become an unwanted part of your life, know that you are not alone. Up to one in four Australians experience it. More importantly, help is quickly and readily available.
One vital step is to see your GP and identify the underlying cause. Dry mouth is a symptom of a problem, not a disease in itself. The right medical professional can help you discover whether or not it can be avoided moving forward.
In the meantime, there are ways to make a dry mouth more comfortable on a day-by-day basis. And it could be as simple as a trip to your local supermarket or pharmacy.
Biotene is a range of oral care products specially formulated for those with a dry mouth, relieving day-to-day discomfort with next to no fuss.
Biotene’s toothpaste and mouthwash are incredibly easy to work into your morning routine, and can maintain the pleasant feeling of a moisturised mouth well into the day.
If your mouth feels dry later on, simply keep a portable Biotene Moisturising Mouth Spray with you to apply whenever you need quick relief on the go.
If eating food becomes uncomfortable, Biotene Oral Balance Moisturising Gel can be applied before meals to make the process easier. This pleasant-tasting gel is also ideal right before bedtime, allowing further relief as you drift to sleep.
By taking on a dry mouth, you could soon find yourself reclaiming the joys that a dry mouth once made difficult.