Do dry mouth and plaque disturb you? Stick these discs to the teeth or the gums and smile, day and night.
Researchers at the University of California, Irvine, analysed the effects of OraCoatXyliMelts oral adhering discs on people affected by clinically diagnosed dry mouth. The study showed that the discs reduce tooth plaque by 58 per cent and improve the ability to eat and swallow for those affected by dry mouth.
XyliMelts is a patented dry mouth product that sticks to the gums outside of a molar, releasing one-half gram of Xylitol, which stimulates saliva, and cellulose gum which, combined with saliva, forms a lubricating gel.
The 21-day clinical study evaluated the effects of XyliMelts on saliva production and the ability to neutralise acids, as well as patient comfort. The study was administered to five test subjects who used the remedy as recommended: two discs while sleeping, one on each side of the mouth, and as needed during the day. On average, the subjects used four discs each day during daytime hours.
Results showed that the product significantly reduced sleep disruption by lasting for six hours while sleeping when dry mouth is at its worst, while improving mouth wetness in the morning. It also diminished tooth sensitivity to hot, cold, and spicy foods and drinks.
The discs more than doubled saliva production while in place, and increased the ability of saliva to neutralise acids that cause tooth decay. Most importantly, the test displayed that subjects using XyliMelts in conjunction with standard oral care showed heightened saliva flow compared to standard oral care alone.
Overall, subject feedback to XyliMelts was positive, with subjects stating that they would continue using the discs while recommending them to others. Subjects also reported XyliMelts as easy to use with a favourable taste and overall mouth feel.