The best way of relieving the symptoms of Xerostomia (Dry Mouth) will largely depend on the cause and severity. Mild, short-term Dry Mouth can be helped by chewing sugar-free gum, limiting caffeine and alcohol intake, avoiding smoking and keeping well hydrated.
However, for many people these actions alone are not enough and a saliva substitute (also referred to as a Dry Mouth spray) can be prescribed. It is important to choose a spray that not only offers good lubrication but is also mild tasting and pH neutral.
Many commercially available products for Dry Mouth, including some sprays and gels are actually acidic. Finding a product that is pH neutral is crucial, as any rise in the acidity levels in the mouth can increase soreness and contribute towards further tooth decay.
In 2017 the NHS’ own UK medicines information dept published advise to pharmacists about prescribing saliva substitutes.
“The use of saliva substitutes may be helpful to patients complaining of a dry mouth and offers symptomatic relief for patients with insufficient salivary function. There are a variety of preparations available including artificial saliva replacements (e.g. gels, sprays and mouth rinses) or salivary stimulants (e.g. chewing gums, citric acid tablets). Properly balanced artificial saliva should be of a neutral pH and contain electrolytes…The acidic pH of some artificial saliva products may be inappropriate for dentate patients as these can cause dental caries.” ref UKMI Q&A 190.8.2017
For this reason, SALIVEZE Dry Mouth Spray is often prescribed to help relieve Dry Mouth symptoms. It is pH neutral and mild flavoured, providing comfort and relief to the patient. It also helps to re-balance the mouth pH and by offering oral lubrication it can help to facilitate someone’s speech and swallow.
SALIVEZE can be prescribed for anybody suffering from a Dry Mouth.
Dosage and Administration
When using a Dry Mouth spray, the goal is to cover the whole mouth to try to replicate the pooling action of natural saliva.
To achieve this, it’s best not to just spray towards the back of the throat, instead, spray 2-3 times in each of the areas highlighted below. You will need to do this several times throughout the day, as directed. This short animation can help ensure you get the best possible results.
As the animation says, please don’t forget to spray under your tongue, as this is a very important area.
How to get Saliveze
Saliveze is available on prescription in the UK. It can also be purchased from your local pharmacy or directly from ourselves (see link below or visit our Shop).
Use the details below to help ensure you are prescribed the right pH neutral formula for you. Average consumption is around 2-4 bottles a month depending on usage.