Dry mouth

Dry mouth

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Hello this is Dr. William Gross and
today’s discussion is about dry mouth; very common complaint. Probably half the
patients that come in to see me complain because of this…medication. Whether
you’re six years old or 90 years old, medication is the most common causes or
factor to have dry mouth. What are other causes? Well, the environment that we live
in. Air conditioning takes out humidity, heat takes out humidity. Now what can we
do about it? So, over the counter ther is a product called Biotene™ It’s somewhat
effective; it’s simple to use. They have a rinse, they have a toothpaste, they have a
lozenge. And you can utilize that to help with dry mouth but other aspects of
dealing with dry mouth would be having water sip water all day long. Don’t do
you Gatorade don’t do anything with you know, sweet tea…just plain water. Humidify your environment. If you can, get off some medications; do that. Now there is a
prescription that came out for people with head and neck cancer and that is
NeutraSal™ NeutraSal™ is a prescription. It’s a calcium phosphate solution. We can
prescribe it; you can use as many times a day. I find that people are finding a
highly effective.That’s the only way we can go forward in taking care of our
patients. Have a good day! Until next time.

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