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Dry mouth sprays (saliva substitutes) relieve the symptoms of dry mouth (xerostomia).1 They incorporate soothing ingredients that can stimulate saliva production.
The spray coats the oral cavity and helps you in:
It can also rinse away bacteria and protect teeth from cavities. Most sprays are portable and convenient.
Dry mouth sprays coat the oral cavity with a moisturizing agent. You can quickly moisten your mouth with one or two spurts.
Most sprays contain one of the following ingredients:
While this product can’t wholly replace normal saliva production, it helps lubricate your tongue, cheeks, gums, and teeth. It can provide dry mouth symptom relief.
This moisturizing mouth spray typically contains a mild mint flavor to make the experience more pleasant. They’re also often alcohol-free to avoid drying out your mouth.
Below are the top dry mouth spray brands, several of which you can find at your local drugstore or retail center:
|Lubricity Dry Mouth Oral Spray||Essential Sprays Dry Mouth Spray||MouthKote Dry Mouth Spray||Biotene Moisturizing Spray||Pro-Sys Alcohol-Free Dry Mouth Spray|
|Cost||$19.954||$24.995||$9.256||Varies by retailer7||$10.498|
|Amount||2 fluid ounces||2 fluid ounces||2 fluid ounces||1.5 fluid ounces||2 fluid ounces|
|Ingredients||Water, xylitol, sodium hyaluronate, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate||Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Xylitol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil., Mentha Arvensis (Menthol), Calcium Ascorbate, Mentha Spicata (Spearmint) Oil||Water, xylitol, sorbitol, Yerba Santa, citric acid, natural lemon-lime flavor, ascorbic acid, sodium benzoate, sodium saccharin||Purified Water, Glycerin, Xylitol, PEG-60, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, VP/VA Copolymer, Flavor, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Sodium Saccharin, Cetylpyridinium Chloride||Deionized water, xylitol, glycerin, pluronic, xantham gum, flavor, dimethicone, sodium benzoate, sodium saccharin, EDTA|
|Flavor||Flavorless||Fresh mint||Lemon-lime||Mild mint||Mild mint|
|Longevity||Lasts up to 4 hours||Information unavailable||Lasts for up to 1 hour and 55 minutes||Lasts up to 4 hours||Information unavailable|
Sugar-free dry mouth sprays help reduce the amount of sugar that sits on your teeth. Look for dry mouth sprays with zero sugar to help maintain your oral health.
With so many dry mouth sprays available, finding the right one can be challenging. Here’s a list of factors to help you decide which dry mouth spray works best for you.
Most dry mouth sprays cost under $30, but that doesn’t mean they’re a small investment. Depending on how often you use dry mouth spray, you may often need a new bottle, which can increase your costs.
Purchasing a more affordable spray may not offer the best results. So, deciding on the cost can be a balancing act.
Natural dry mouth sprays often prioritize a short list of clean ingredients. If you are allergic to certain ingredients, avoid using sprays that contain them. Many contain xylitol instead of sugar to remain sugar-free.
The best dry mouth sprays should be easy to use. Depressing the plunger should take little force, and the spray pattern should cover your mouth.
Dry mouth sprays may come with a replaceable cap that protects the nozzle when not in use. Look for a dry mouth spray that doesn’t leak between uses.
Most dry mouth sprays can be used multiple times daily, but constantly applying the spray can easily use up the product. Some sprays allow you to go hours between uses, which is convenient. These sprays can also last longer because you don’t need to use so much product.
Here are the basic steps involved in using a moisturizing mouth spray:
Store your spray at room temperature, away from children and pets. Don’t use it if it’s expired; only take the recommended dose per the manufacturer’s label.
You can use dry mouth spray daily as directed by the manufacturer. You can also use the spray to moisten your mouth before bed.
Multiple applications throughout the day are safe. However, do not exceed the recommended dose.
Dry mouth sprays are safe and effective. You should avoid using them if you are allergic to any ingredient(s).
It’s best to consult your dentist if you’re considering purchasing this mouth spray. Discuss your needs with your primary healthcare provider to avoid medication interactions.
Several studies have shown the effectiveness of dry mouth sprays in providing dry mouth symptom relief.
While these mouth sprays aren’t a cure or long-term solution, they can immediately relieve xerostomia symptoms.
Many people struggle with dry mouth but find dry mouth sprays affordable, effective, and convenient. The application requires little effort, and most sprays allow for several applications within a 24-hour period.
Brands typically offer mild flavors such as mint to avoid a chemical aftertaste. Dry mouth sprays are also discreet and portable, small enough to travel with you through the airport if necessary.
However, some users only found temporary relief with a dry mouth spray. Others reacted adversely to many brands' flavors, citing them as overwhelming.
A few people also noticed that the spray left a sticky residue in their mouths. Users focused on natural ingredients struggled to find brands offering this product.
Some dry mouth sprays contain sodium, which can negatively impact your health if you’re on a salt-restricted diet. You may also experience a change in speech with the additional lubricity provided by the dry mouth spray.
If you are allergic to one or more ingredients, you may experience:
If you experience these symptoms, stop using the mouth spray and seek medical attention immediately.
Often, the deciding factor between dry mouth sprays is personal preference. Here are a few tips to consider when selecting one for you:
You should also consider purchasing a moisturizing mouth spray with the ADA Seal of Acceptance.12 These products have been shown to combat xerostomia symptoms effectively.
Dry mouth sprays are a common, over-the-counter solution for symptoms of xerostomia. These sprays can help relieve dry mouth with several applications throughout the day.
Speak to your dentist or doctor about adding dry mouth spray to your oral care routine. In addition to proper brushing habits, a dry mouth spray can support a healthy mouth.
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