In recent years, there has been a resurgence in the popularity of the Water Flosser. These devices come under a variety of different brand names, but the basic principle behind them is the same. By using a highly pressurized jet of water shot through a hand held tool, a stream of water is used with enough force that when applied between teeth, it functions similarly to traditional dental floss in cleaning and removing plaque and other foreign matter. Read more
From time to time, people may experience dry #mouth. The medical term for dry mouth is Xerostomia, and while an occasional bout of dry mouth isn’t something to get worried about, you’d be surprised at how much of an effect this seemingly incidental condition can have when it persists long enough. Read more
Our bodies go through a lot of changes as we grow older. As time passes, our bodies stop recovering the way they used to, our hair turns gray and may start to thin out, wrinkles and spots appear and don’t go away, and we become more vulnerable to diseases and illnesses of all sorts. Read more
Compared to dental essentials like brushing and flossing, mouthwashes can often seem like more than what you absolutely need. Brushing clears away plaque and food debris from the surface of your teeth and flossing does the same for between them, and depending on your toothpaste brushing may also whiten your teeth and strengthen them with fluoride. So what’s left for #mouthwash to do? Read more
Saliva is something that we all produce, and yet it’s something that most of us probably take for granted. The average healthy person produces approximately one quart of saliva each day. Saliva is produced by the salivary glands. There are hundreds of these glands in your #mouth. Saliva is 99% water. The remaining 1% of saliva’s composition, however, is packed with more than 60 substances. These include enzymes, proteins, and electrolytes. Read more
A common complication of chemotherapy, oral mucositis is a painful condition that can become debilitating in some cases. The condition generally starts within five to days of the start of chemotherapy. It usually lasts around seven to fourteen days. Oral mucositis causes the mucosal lining of the #mouth to atrophy, or break down, forming painful ulcerations within the mouth. Read more
This is a great article from the Mayo Clinic that discusses the myriad of issues that patients who undergo Chemotherapy and
Radiation can experience.
Mouth sores can be painful and distressing. They can range from a mere inconvenience to a severe complication that may make you unable to continue your cancer treatment.
Cancer-related #mouth sores are sores or ulcers that form on the inside lining of your mouth or on your lips. The mouth sores appear burn-like and can be painful, making it difficult to eat, talk, swallow and breathe.
Sores can appear on any of the soft tissues of your lips or your mouth, including your gums, your tongue, or the roof and floor of your mouth. Sores can also extend into the tube (esophagus) that carries food to your stomach.
Chemotherapy and radiation — alone or combined — can cause mouth sores. That’s because these cancer treatments are intended to kill rapidly growing cells — such as cancer cells.
Some healthy cells in your body also divide and grow rapidly, including the cells that line the inside of your mouth. Unfortunately these healthy cells are also damaged by chemotherapy and radiation.
Read full article Mouth sores caused by cancer treatment: How to cope – Mayo Clinic
Oral health care and hygiene for most people consists of two things; clean teeth and fresh breath. So the most common ways for people to take care of their #mouth are brushing teeth, maybe flossing, and using some kind of #mouthwash.
But while all of these methods are actually solid components of good oral hygiene, that’s not the complete picture of what oral hygiene is. The gums are an important part of your mouth, the tongue is important and even the saliva that is produced within the mouth are all critical elements of a healthy mouth, and ignoring any of these parts of your mouth can lead to problems that go beyond discomfort and may cause severe challenges for speaking or even eating.
Xerostomia, for example is condition that many people simply don’t think about, but one of the best ways to treat it—or prevent it from happening all together—is the diligent use of a mouthwash for dry mouth.
What Is Xerostomia?
While the medical term is the almost alien-sounding “Xerostomia,” most people will be familiar with its primary symptom, which is a dry mouth. Xerostomia is a medical condition that describes a mouth’s inability to create the normal amounts of saliva that a healthy mouth generates.
This may not seem like much of a problem to many people as everyone’s experienced a parched or dry mouth from time to time. But there’s a big difference between a little bit of temporary dryness in the mouth that is quickly solved with a drink of water, and a chronic, long lasting condition with a serious health impact that needs a mouthwash for dry mouth to help treat.
Dry Mouth Causes
10% of the population suffers from some form of Xerostomia, though for reasons not yet fully understood, the percentage of female sufferers is higher than male. Xerostomia is not like a specific disease, contracted in just one way. It’s a condition that can arise from any number of causes.
Xerostomia can sometimes be a side-effect of certain medications. If you have a specific kind of sensitivity to anti-histamines, are on a prescription for certain blood pressure medicine, or have even noticed a drier mouth after beginning a course of anti-depressants, it’s possible that the medication you’re taking may be causing dry mouth as a minor side-effect.
In more serious forms of medical treatment, Xerostomia may be an expected side-effect. For radiation or chemotherapy courses that are focused on the jaw or neck, for example, the “scorched earth” approach of these treatments will affect the gums as much as the cancerous cells they are supposed to fight, and so a high degree of Xerostomia will naturally result.
Xerostomia can even come about as a result of behavioral disorders, or other medical problems. Excessive breathing through the mouth, for example, can cause Xerostomia, while other problems such as sleep apnea, bulimia and even pregnancy are all capable of complicating health and require a mouthwash for dry mouth.
Dry mouth doesn’t seem like a particularly dangerous condition, but, depending on the intensity and duration, this can have adverse effects not just on oral health, but general wellbeing as the condition worsens.
Saliva plays a very important role in oral health. In addition to keeping the mouth moist, it provides a protective layer against bacterial infection, fighting germs and preventing them from working their way into the gums and causing sores, pus and other ill effects. Without the protection of saliva, the mouth is more prone to ulcers, sores, and friction related problems.
Saliva also aids in your ability to taste things. Because saliva helps in the early stages of digestion in your mouth, it acts as solvent, helping to soften—and even spread—food more evenly through your mouth, allowing your tongue to taste more of what you’re eating. Without saliva, you’re actually tasting less of the food you eat.
Given enough time, the accumulation of sores, infections and other oral problems can have a big impact on a person’s ability to speak and eat. Opening the mouth can become extremely painful, and even chewing and drinking can become an ordeal. This doesn’t just affect health, but quality of life as well.
While there are a number of different solutions to treating Xerostomia, one general remedy that helps in every case is the regular use of a mouthwash for dry mouth. A specially formulated mouthwash for dry mouth will address the specific needs Xerostomia sufferers have. The wash moistens the mouth, provides much needed disinfectant properties to supplement what the saliva should be doing, and even has healing properties to help with any infections or other disorders that may have already arisen as a result of the dry mouth taking hold.
A mouthwash for dry mouth isn’t necessarily going to be the final “cure” for the condition, since any number of causes may be behind the problem. But by regularly using it, this provides relief, healing, and can accelerate the recovery process. Combined with other treatments, a mouthwash for dry mouth is an effective way to combat Xerostomia symptoms and keep your mouth healthier and better able to recover.
If you or someone you know has Xerostomia and would like to know more about how a mouthwash for dry mouth can help. Contact us today for more information and assistance. We’ll be glad to help.
When it comes to oral health, most people think that brushing teeth twice a day, and perhaps, if you’re really diligent, a daily flossing is all that’s required to maintain a healthy set of teeth and gums. For many people, this may be true. The build-up of plaque and the development of cavities is usually prevented by the simple mechanical actions of brushing and flossing to keep harmful bacteria from getting a chance to remain in the #mouth, gain a foothold and start proliferating in earnest. Some may feel that the addition of a #mouthwash is an added bonus, but usually they regard this are more of an aesthetic choice for fresh breath.
For others, oral health is a challenge with unavoidable obstacles that need to remain in place, but nevertheless have to be overcome, such as the side-effects that medical treatments can have on the mouth. For people that have conditions, or simply don’t enjoy an “average” set of teeth and gums the way others do, a rinse for mouth sores is not just a convenience, but a way to be able to enjoy everyday life without pain.
Most mouth washes that people find in stores generally consist of some kind of breath freshening agent mixed alcohol as a simple mix in order to kill germs and make breath smell better. Unfortunately, these more simple formulas take a “scorched earth” approach to oral health, in that the mouth has a mix of bacteria that is good and bad. A general mouthwash will simply eliminate all bacteria. However, a specialized rinse for mouth sores is more selective. By targeting only the pathogenic bacteria and preserving the beneficial ones, this kind of rinse for mouth sores actually helps the healing process by allowing the benign or helpful bacteria to remain and participate in the maintenance of oral health. The fungi, viruses and other harmful bacteria are still dealt with, and this is overall a much more efficient way to maintain oral health that removes the bad while still retaining the good.
Our rinse for mouth sores is especially effective against the side effects of medical treatment, in particular certain kinds of therapy used to help cancer patients. Usually within a week of chemotherapy or radiation therapy around the head or throat area, patients may develop Mucositis as a side-effect of the treatment. Mucositis is when parts of the digestive tract—in this case, the mouth specifically—develop inflammations and ulcerations as a severe reaction against specific kinds of cancer therapy.
When this happens, oral hygiene is absolutely paramount to maintain health, and a rinse for mouth sores is essential. The inflammation and ulcers may result in bleeding and can also be very painful, both of which can actively interfere with speaking and even eating. A specific oncological rinse for mouth sores is available which soothes the pain, fights the infection and helps with the healing. It makes a big difference in the life a patient undergoing these kinds of therapy and helps to let them continue to live a normal life.
For General Health
While the oncological rinse for mouth sores is specifically aimed at therapy patients, there are other preventive rinses to help with a variety of other mouth ailments. Cankers, sores and other ulcerations in the mouth can occur because of dry conditions, infections, and even stress. Prevention Health Sciences has an anti-bacterial rinse for mouth sores that is aimed at more general ailments. For people that are prone to mouth infections, or even just as a preventive measure after extensive dental or oral work, a general anti-bacterial rinse can ease the discomfort of pains in the mouth, help fight the infection and keep it away, and aid in healing.
Because this type of anti-bacterial rinse for mouth sores is more powerful than a typical mouthwash, it’s advised to use this specific class of rinse only “as and when needed.” For simple, daily preventive use, this rinse does far more than is actually required.
A Preventive Measure
Prevention Health Sciences does have an everyday rinse that can be used like a daily rinse for people that want to enjoy extra oral protection a step above typical mouthwash found in stores. This is not medicated to treat the more serious ulcerations, cankers and other infections that come from extreme oral conditions. It freshens breath while at the same time aggressively fighting against the plaque and gingivitis build up that are the most common threats to oral health on a normal basis.
Because of its anti-bacterial properties, it dramatically reduces the chances of inflammation and sores that even ordinary mouth and tooth decay can inflict on the mouth. When combined with sensible oral care habits like brushing and flossing, it provides maximum protection for many years of safe, painless oral health.
If you’d like to know more about what these various rinses can do for you, please look at our available products and see which ones best fit your needs. All of our rinses are made to make your oral health safer, easier and less painful so you can enjoy the benefits of a healthy mouth.
Formulated for Everyday use to promote good oral health and fresh breath.
- Helps control plaque & gingivitis
- Zinc/Hydrogen Peroxide formula kills harmful bacteria
- Soothing Mint Flavor
- Bacterial selective (does not kill good bacteria)
- Pure Glycerin, Menthol and Zinc formula
- Easy to use and safe for all ages
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– Linda M. via Amazon.com
We love this mouthwash. Our hygienist recommended for it’s bacteria killing properties so we tried it. It has no harsh taste, and we have noticed a decrease in mouth problems such as canker sores and inflammation of the gums around crowns. We think it works and sometimes is hard to find in the stores, so when I saw it on Amazon, I stocked up! Thank you for having this product.Safe for children of all ages.
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- Over the Counter
- Helps control and treat oral mucositis
- Helps heal ulcerations
- Soothes oral tissue
- Bacterial selective (does not kill good bacteria)
- Pure Glycerin, Menthol and Zinc formula
- Easy to use and safe for all ages
- Rinse 3 – 5 times a day
Whenever my children get canker sores I have them swish some of this around in their mouth at the sore. Within a day or two, the canker sore has stopped hurting and mostly on its way to healing. So far, this product is the best and easiest to use for this purpose.
– S. Philips via Amazon.com
When I’m stressed out, I often get infected cracks in the corners of my mouth — especially in winter. They’d persist for weeks or more until I tried this product. I’ve been using it for almost ten years, only as-needed. It’s a fantastic product, doesn’t contain alcohol (which can dry out your mouth and screw with helpful bacteria), and clears up my cracks within a day or two, tops. I recommend it to all my friends with similar problems, and they’ve all had success, too!
– Jacquelyn Gill via Amazon.com