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Dry Mouth

  1. What are the causes of dry mouth?
    01
    Sep

    What are the causes of dry mouth?

    What is dry mouth?

    Dry mouth or xerostomia, a condition that affects approximately 20% of the population, arises when the salivary glands malfunction and fail to produce sufficient saliva. Saliva is a key facilitator of most oral functions, most notably speech, chewing and swallowing and as such dry mouth can have a significant impact on an individual’s quality of life.

    What are the causes of Dry Mouth?

    The causes of dry mouth are many and ranging from such factors as stress and depression to smoking and old age. Dry mouth is also a common side effect of numerous prescription medicines, particularly; anti-depressants, anti-histamines, anti-hypertensives, analgesics and appetite suppressants. Those with diseases such as Sjogrens, dementia and diabetes as individuals needing oxygen or simply mouth breathers will likely suffer dry mouth.

    What is the impact of Dry Mouth on Oral health?

    Saliva provides an important natural defence against bacteria. Poor or reduced saliva flow will result in increased levels of bacterial plaque, leading to rapid tooth decay. Early prevention and protection is therefore essential to maintain healthy teeth.

    Is Dry Mouth reversible?

    This depends on the cause. If the dryness is a side effect to a particular medicine or the result of stress it may be possible to treat or regulate, leading to resumption in normal saliva levels. Where the malfunction of the saliva glands is due to aging, radiotherapy or Sjogren syndrome, then this is irreversible. Whether temporary or permanent there are a range of saliva substitute and stimulant products that are highly effective in alleviating the condition, allowing sufferers to significantly improve their oral function.

    What is the difference between a saliva substitute and a stimulant?

    In short a saliva substitute is an artificial substance that mimics the

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  2. Implications of Dry Mouth for Denture Wearers
    31
    Jul

    Implications of Dry Mouth for Denture Wearers

    Denture retention is thought to be a problem for about 35% of denture wearers and as such there are estimated to be about 4 million individuals in the UK who regularly use an adhesive to keep their dentures in place. Though many users refer to these products as denture glues they do not actually have any adherence properties and simple work by thickening saliva to create a suction effect. These creams and gels generally work quite well on upper dentures that have the entire roof of the mouth to ‘suck to’, however they are far less effective when it comes to lower denture retention both due to the considerably reduced surface area and the mechanical effect of the tongue dislodging the denture.

    As mentioned conventional ‘adhesives’ require saliva to be present and are therefore wholly ineffectual for denture wearers who suffer from a dry mouth condition. These individuals need a product that actually adheres to both gum and denture without the need to saliva. Secure Bonding Cream does exactly that and because it does not require suction it is clinically proven to be the most effective upper and lower denture solution for both regular denture wearers and those who suffer from dry mouth.

    An important characteristic of Secure Bonding Cream is that is it non-water soluble, which is particularly significant for those suffering from a dry mouth who are encouraged to drink plenty of water. While conventional adhesives are simply washed away (ending up in the stomach) Secure remains fixed to the denture.

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  3. Dry Mouth Symptoms And Treatments
    30
    Jul

    Dry Mouth Symptoms And Treatments

    Overview

      • Dry mouth clinically known as Xerostomia is caused by a decrease in saliva production and is a common condition which can severely affect the sufferer’s quality of life.
      • As life expectancy increases the incidences of dry mouth are expected to be more prevalent. It has been estimated that as much as 20% of the adult population may be suffering the effects of dry mouth, 50% - 60% being over the age of 60.  The condition seems to be predominant in women.
      • Prolonged dry mouth usually leads to a marked deterioration in oral health, often resulting in the loss of teeth and affecting the general well-being of the sufferer.
      • Temporary dry mouth can be due to anxiety, stress, vitamin deficiency or smoking. But the most common cause of dry mouth is the 500 commonly used drugs where dry mouth is a side effect.
      • The causes of long term or irreversible dry mouth include radiotherapy, head & neck surgery, Diabetes, Sjögrens Syndrome, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Raynauds Disease, Scleroderma and Parkinson’s Disease and Primary Biliary Cirrhosis to name but a few.

    The Importance of Saliva

      • The full importance of saliva’s protective role is often overlooked, particularly where dry mouth is a secondary problem.  Apart from its more obvious role of lubrication and cleansing, saliva is the body’s
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