Sunstar Americas Inc. has announced the launch of new Gum Hydral dry mouth relief products. Gum Hydral features advanced moisturizing and hydrating ingredients that work like natural saliva for multisymptom relief.
The line is being introduced to address a clear patient need, as most dry mouth sufferers wish they had a better treatment option to treat their dry mouth condition (source: Gallup 2017 study of dry mouth). Seventy percent of dry mouth sufferers who tried the new Sunstar offering reported the Gum Hydral formulation is better than their current dry mouth remedies (source: Nielsen BASES Product Advisor #153323, May 2019).
Available without prescription, the product is the only offering that combines
- hyaluronic acid (as sodium hyaluronate), a high-viscosity humectant that has exceptional lubricating properties;
- the humectant betaine;
- taurine (amino acid) to help maintain proper hydration and electrolyte balance; and
- polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), a lubricant that forms a protective film over the mouth mucosa.
The unique combination of these ingredients provides deep moisturizing relief at the tissue level and soothes the oral mucosa.
“We know that xerostomia, or dry mouth, affects as much as 30% of the population and can be extremely painful and often debilitating, yet a high percentage of patients are either not receiving help or are dissatisfied with their current treatment,” says Angel Gonzalez, vice president of R&D. “Gum Hydral advances OTC dry mouth care with innovation that mimics the multifaceted, biological role of the body’s natural saliva, providing a new level of deep moisturizing that starts fast to relieve a range of dry mouth symptoms. Given the high degree of satisfaction we saw after actual use by dry mouth sufferers, we are confident that Gum Hydral can make a real difference in the quality of life for many patients.”
The new Gum Hydral line provides a complete solution for all-day/all-night dry mouth relief, offering a range of convenient products providing deep moisturizing relief and comfort for up to four hours, including
- Gum Hydral Oral Rinse for all-day use and as part of a daily oral hygiene routine;
- Gum Hydral Oral Spray for on-the-go relief;
- Gum Hydral Oral Gel, ideal for night-time relief; and
- Gum Hydral Anti-Cavity Toothpaste, with soothing natural ingredients such as aloe vera and bisabolol, which is naturally present in chamomile.
The low-irritation formula is designed specifically for sensitive mucosa and uses a blend of three sugar-free sweeteners for an improved taste experience. Gum Hydral does not contain irritants such as sodium lauryl sulfate, alcohol, or strong flavors. It also does not contain milk or egg derivatives, which is of importance to patients with certain allergies.
“There is no doubt that the introduction of the Gum Hydral dry mouth relief line represents a significant opportunity to help dental professionals support their patients and increase patient satisfaction,” says Tracy Nunziata, chief marketing officer. “We will be supporting them through national office sampling, in-office and online patient educational materials, professional education, and xerostomia awareness activities."
Gum Hydral products will be available nationally through major retailers, pharmacies, and online in early March 2020. For more information, visit gumbrand.com.
*Editor's note: This article is an edited press release from Sunstar Americas Inc. issued February 1, 2020.