Saliva is important to maintain a healthy mouth so when the flow of saliva decreases, oral diseases can develop. Saliva also washes your teeth providing minerals for repair, and helps prevent bacteria, viruses and fungi from causing tooth decay and gum disease.
There are many possible causes of dry mouth which include age, a range of medical conditions, medications, dehydration and smoking.
Some advice for a person with dry mouth is to sip water frequently, especially after meals, and after taking medications. They should also limit food and drinks that contribute to dry mouth such as sugary food or drinks, fruit juice, sports drinks, energy drinks, alcohol and caffeine e.g. tea, coffee, as well as salty foods.
Medicated products such as pastilles from the Andolex® range can help relieve, soothe and protect a dry mouth and scratchy throat.
Speak to your pharmacist or dentist about Andolex® products that: