As a lipid-based spray, 3M Xerostomia Relief Spray achieves relief by moistening and lubricating mucosa. In a clinical study conducted by the manufacturer, 92% of participants showed an improvement in dry mouth symptoms. Available only by prescription from a dental professional, the spray is conveniently portable and ready to use without any premixing or preparation requirements.
For some, xerostomia is a minor inconvenience. For others, it is a debilitating symptom that can make it difficult to speak, eat, and swallow, as well as result in increased dental caries. Since xerostomia is a common side effect of many medications and a symptom of certain illnesses, it’s crucial for dental professionals to know when their patients may be experiencing xerostomia, and to have a plan in place to prevent the risk of dentition breakdown.
Because of this, 3M suggests using Xerostomia Relief Spray in concert with other products to treat xerostomia. For example, when prescribing 3M Xerostomia Relief Spray, clinicians should also consider offering in-office fluoride treatments such as 3M Vanish 5% sodium fluoride white varnish with tricalcium phosphate, and home care treatments such as 3M Clinpro 5000 1.1% sodium fluoride anti-cavity toothpaste and 3M TheraMints xylitol mints, which stimulate the flow of saliva.