This post is for my fellow Sjogren’s Syndrome sufferers, or anyone else with chronic dry mouth.
Usually, I keep a bottle of water and Biotene mouth spray on my bedside table, since I know I will wake up half a dozen times during the night with cotton mouth. However, on the recommendation of some fellow “Sjoggies,” I recently decided to try XyliMelts, a xylitol-containing oral lozenge with a food-safe adhesive on one side. To use the lozenge, you moisten it and stick it to your molars at the outer gumline. It took me a while to get the lozenge to stay put the first time, but once I figured it out, it stayed in place all night. The lozenge slowly dissolved all night long, allowing me to sleep through the night and wake up feeling refreshed. I tried the mint flavor, which is very light and not at all overpowering. Alternatively, XyliMelts come in a mint-free version (although I have yet to try it). The lozenges are also free of the major allergens: gluten, corn, dairy, soy, nuts, eggs.
Not only do these lozenges keep my mouth moist through the night, but they contain xylitol, which has anti-viral properties. During the day, I chew xylitol-containing gum on the advice of my dentist, so I am pleased to have a form of xylitol lozenge that I can use at night as well. Since I started using xylitol gum daily, I no longer get the Sjogren’s mouth sores that used to plague me.
If you try this product, let me know what you think. Please share if you have other successful strategies for combating night-time dry mouth as well.
Note: I purchased this product myself, and I have not been compensated in any way to review this product.