What should be considered when choosing or prescribing saliva substitutes?

  • Dry mouth is a complaint often presented to dental practitioners.
  • There are a number of products available to manage this condition, however not all are suitable for every individual.
  • Dentate patients in particular should avoid preparations with an acidic pH, due to increased risk of dental decay.
  • A fluoride-containing preparation is preferable for dentate patients.
  • Dental practitioners should be aware that not all preparations may be prescribed on a dental NHS prescription. However, all available products can be purchased from a pharmacy without a prescription.
  • Table 1 lists artificial saliva products, key information about their formulation and whether or not they can be prescribed on a dental NHS prescription.
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