The strip adheres to the inside of the cheek, begins to dissolve immediately, stimulating saliva production, aiding in the relief of the symptoms of dry mouth
The strip can be self administered
No water or rinsing required
Packaged in convenient individual single dose foils
Discreet and easy to use
Ingredients & Dose
30mg Xylitol per strip
How Does Xylitol Work?
Xylitol prevents caries in several ways. First, it interferes with the bacteria’s ability to produce acid. Second, it blocks communication between bacteria, so they stop producing the polysaccharide slime that holds the biofilm together and third, it raises the pH of the mouth and improves salivary flow.
Cariogenic bacteria prefer living in a low pH environment and produce the acid that demineralizes enamel. In the presence of xylitol, the bacteria stop producing acid and the polysaccharide slime and simply slide off the teeth. In the presence of sugar, bacteria thrive, produce acid, and stick to the teeth.
Bacterial numbers are significantly reduced in the presence of xylitol as it promotes an oral environment which is conducive to better oral health.
Signs, Symptoms & Causes
Individuals with xerostomia often complain of problems with eating, speaking, swallowing, and wearing dentures. Dry, crumbly foods, such as cereals and crackers may be particularly difficult to chew and swallow.
Xerostomia affects 25% of the population and is becoming one of the fastest growing oral health problems in North America, increased risk for rampant dental caries. Smoking can potentiate this problem greatly.
Medications are the cause of more than 90% of xerostomia cases. It is estimated over 500 medications can contribute. The main contributors are antihistamines, antidepressants, anticholinergics, anorexiants, antihypertensives, antipsychotics, anti-Parkinson agents, diuretics, and sedatives.
Other drug classes that commonly cause xerostomia include antiemetics and antianxiety agents, decongestants, analgesics, antidiarrheals, bronchodilators and skeletal muscle relaxants.
It should be noted that, while there are many drugs that affect the quantity and/or quality of saliva, these effects are generally not permanent.
Symptoms of xerostomia are often worse between meals, at night and in the morning.
Denture wearers may have problems with denture retention, denture sores and the tongue sticking to the palate
Patients with xerostomia often complain of taste disorders (dysgeusia), a painful tongue (glossodynia) and an increased need to drink water, especially at night.
Xerostomia can lead to markedly increased dental caries, parotid gland enlargement, inflammation, and fissuring of the lips (cheilitis), inflammation or ulcers of the tongue and buccal mucosa, oral candidiasis, salivary gland infection (sialadenitis), halitosis (bad breath), and cracking and fissuring of the oral mucosa.