I hardly ever write about health topics but I’ve recently been educated on a condition that a lot of people have (and many haven’t considered): chronic dry mouth. First, what is dry mouth? It’s a medical condition that is caused by a lot of different things, but specifically people on a lot of medications or with certain health conditions like diabetes or cancer are likely to have it. Many older adults get it (not because they’re older but because they are more likely to take more medications) or those with autoimmune issues. 25% of the population has dry mouth and it happens more often to women (70%) and usually they are postmenopausal. It can also be a condition that happens during pregnancy.
Basically, dry mouth is when you do not make enough or any saliva on your own. It doesn’t matter how much water you drink, your mouth is still dry. It can be a painful condition at its extreme. Not only that it can cause very serious dental issues like excessive cavities, mouth sores, and more. If you don’t have this level of dry mouth but have sensitive teeth, this product line is still amazing – in this case, use the toothpaste.
If you want to see if you have dry mouth, take the survey. You’ll get a chance to get a free sample to try it out. The sample (the same one I got) has a toothpaste, gel, and mouthwash.
I took the challenge to see if I have dry mouth by answering 10 questions and getting a free sample of the product.
Verdict: I do not have chronic dry mouth. I do however have dry mouth at certain times in my life.
However, I cannot guarantee that Donald Trump doesn’t have dry mouth! Check out this tweet from Twitter:
— Rebecca Corry (@TheRebeccaCorry) June 13, 2016
Dry Mouth at Night
Even though I don’t have chronic dry mouth, I do get dry mouth at night. Especially in the winter when the heater is blasting dry air into the room. I wake up with a dry mouth and equally bad breath to match! I hate that parched feeling. So for that, I’ll put some of Oral 7 gel in my mouth right before I go to sleep. It’s like a moist coating that prevents the problem.
How I Use Oral 7 and Removing Tonsil Stones
Another really strange issue that I have that is not really dry mouth but is treated similarly, is tonsil stones. They are helped by gargling with the Oral 7 mouthwash. I didn’t even know what I suffered from and was totally embarrassed by had a name. I learned it from a group of bloggers who tried Oral 7. We were discussing other ways this product has helped them or their family members and one mentioned tonsil stones. I had a light bulb moment and a cure!
While I was a missionary I got really sick and my throat hurt but I didn’t go to a doctor or slow down. I think that’s how I developed these pits in my throat that get these awful yellow balls of grossness stuck in them. I hate to even discuss it but I hate them. They have the worst smell. I want to get rid of them and try to make myself cough them up. One remedy for removing tonsil stones that I learned is effective, is gargling with a non-alcohol-based mouthwash. So now when I get of tonsil stones, rather than try to cough them up, I immediately gargle with mouthwash. They go away quickly. Even if I can’t prevent them I can get rid of tonsil stones before they get really awful. I just wish I knew this years ago!!
Why You Shouldn’t Use Biotene for Dry Mouth Anymore
If you notice in your dentist’s office, many have a big container of biotene mouthwash. It was the industry standard. However, something went wrong. They changed the formula and took out the active ingredients. Most don’t even know it’s not the same product so they continue to give it to their patients. If you check out Biotene’s Facebook page you’ll see complaints about the changes. You’ll see the mad faces…
One person even wrote: I have read so many shocking negative reviews from users around the globe on the ‘improved’ version, I think I’ll take my chances and do without it!
The Facebook manager part of me is cringing right now because they just answer every complaint with the number to customer service…when they could hide that section altogether. You can turn it off in the settings. But until then we can see what their customers really think (and it’s not pretty!).
When Biotene changed their formula and disappointed their customers they left a void in the market for people who suffer from dry mouth or who were helped by Biotene. It’s a void that Sterre Health has stepped in to fill with their Oral 7 product (it’s called Oral 7 because you should use it 7 days a week). If you have chronic dry mouth you should use all three of the products daily. If you’re like me, choose the product that matches the specific oral health issues that you have.
Whether you have chronic dry mouth or some issues like I do, check out Oral 7. Try a free sample and let me know what you think!