Biotene for Dry Mouth

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ditto1
ditto1 Member Posts: 660
Thought I would see if anyone has used the Biotene, I have had extreme dry mouth when sleeping. I wake up take a sip of water and back to sleep however Diane bought me the Biotene in both the gargle/mouthwash and a spritzer. Have yet to use it I tend to be slow at trying new products however I seem to remember post where others have used it. guess it is good for dry mouth. So thought as always go to the folks that may know.

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  • katenorwood
    katenorwood Member Posts: 1,912
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    Ditto 1,
    Yes...I use this product, and use it at least 3x's daily. Works for me o.k., but also carry water with me everywhere. 6months out, is better some days than others. Might be better products out there, I don't know. It was actually my dentist that suggested this for me, and it's over the counter and relatively inexpensive. Good luck, Katie
  • Spazactaz
    Spazactaz Member Posts: 15
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    I use the biotene
    I use the biotene toothpaste, made brushing much less painful during treatment. It was excruciating, my mouth was so full of sores/etc. That's the only product I've tried so far though.
  • CivilMatt
    CivilMatt Member Posts: 4,723 Member
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    Hi ditto1,

    I’ve tried the Biotene spray, rinse, gum and toothpaste along with Xylimelts and a number of Xylitol sprays and gums. They all work to a degree. Especially during sleep when our mouths tend to dry out completely. Usually, I use the Biotene spray at bed time; it sits right next to the glass of water and the box of Kleenex. Outsiders just can not understand what dry mouth feels like until you’ve experienced it like us. Before I was selected to ride this bus, I thought I knew what it was like to have a really dry mouth and be extremely thirsty. Now, I think it might be a mater of life or death if I get caught to far away from something to drink. Like Katie said, I always have my water bottle.

    So give the Biotene spray a shot and see if it helps. Try anything that comes your way (nothing crazy). If I find the Holy Grail of anti-dry mouth product, I’ll let you know,

    Stay hydrated,

    Matt
  • MarineE5
    MarineE5 Member Posts: 1,034 Member
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    ditto1,

    I also use the Biotene mouthwash, toothpaste, and pump spray. During the day and doing some chores around the house I use the spray and it helps cut down the amount of times I am seeking water. The mouthwash I use after brushing and just as I go to bed, it helps cut down the amount of times I am reaching for the glass of water on the night stand. I also have the spray on the table as well.

    Although the Biotene and other products don't solve the real problem, they do put a slight coating in our mouths and throats so we don't dry out so fast. I find that allot depends on the amount of breathing we do that causes us to dry out quicker and seek water,etc. Tinkering around the house, I'm fine, but if I do a brisk walk, I notice the dryness more.

    My Best to You and Everyone Here
  • nick770
    nick770 Member Posts: 195
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    Ditto 1
    I used the spray wash and paste all with good results. Don't forget when you use the spray it worked better when i sprayed the insides of my cheek and under my tounge instead of directly on my tounge it seems to work better.
  • osmotar
    osmotar Member Posts: 1,006
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    D1,

    I use the biotene toothpaste and mouthwash, I tried the spray but a product Stoppers4 ( thanks Hondo) worked better. You can only order it on line, I found it at drugstore.com, plus I still sip/drink a lot of water thru the day.

    Linda
  • Tonsil Dad
    Tonsil Dad Member Posts: 488
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    osmotar said:

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    D1,

    I use the biotene toothpaste and mouthwash, I tried the spray but a product Stoppers4 ( thanks Hondo) worked better. You can only order it on line, I found it at drugstore.com, plus I still sip/drink a lot of water thru the day.

    Linda

    Tried
    I've tried them all, biotine, stoppers, spry Rain, Thayers, AS Saliva
    sprays, I've tried oramoist mouth patch and salivasure lozengers
    and nothing gives me relief from dry mouth. I dont have one ounce
    of saliva. My Rad onc told me in order to salvage saliva glands you have
    to stay under 2600grays at the saliva gland, she said mine was 2000grays
    and doesn't understand why I have none. The mouth breathing because
    of the blocked nasal passages makes it worse.

    God bless
    Tonsil dad,

    Dan.
  • phrannie51
    phrannie51 Member Posts: 4,716
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    I used Biotine when I first started rads....
    and then ordered Stoppers 4 from drugstore.com, and for me it worked better...I used it everyday right before radiation, and I keep some on my night stand still. For sure either of these will moisten up your mouth, tho I can't use them the week after chemo...made me sick to my stomach.

    p
  • boardwalkgirl
    boardwalkgirl Member Posts: 269
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    I use the toothpaste per my
    I use the toothpaste per my dentist's suggestion. I use fluoride trays twice a day to help protect my teeth. I also use the mouthwash and spray. Usually the spray at night. I have been sleeping with a cool mist humidifier at night which seems to help my dry mouth quite a bit at night. I would give them a try, I think they help but everybody is different.
  • MarineE5
    MarineE5 Member Posts: 1,034 Member
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    Tried
    I've tried them all, biotine, stoppers, spry Rain, Thayers, AS Saliva
    sprays, I've tried oramoist mouth patch and salivasure lozengers
    and nothing gives me relief from dry mouth. I dont have one ounce
    of saliva. My Rad onc told me in order to salvage saliva glands you have
    to stay under 2600grays at the saliva gland, she said mine was 2000grays
    and doesn't understand why I have none. The mouth breathing because
    of the blocked nasal passages makes it worse.

    God bless
    Tonsil dad,

    Dan.

    Accupunture
    Dan,

    Have you tried accupunture? I had heard about it before either on this board or another one some time ago. I thought about it for awhile and brushed it aside. Then, a friend of mine contacted me after he had it done and it worked for him after 2 treatments. So, I went ahead and used a Doctor that my Oncologist suggested. That Doctor told me that I had a 60-70% of it working and if it hadn't worked by the 6th session, I would be wasting my money.

    So, I went for it and sure enough, it didn't work and I tried an extra treatment. It didn't work so I stopped. The funny part of the whole thing was after the first treatment, I had a runny nose for a few days. I suggested to the Doctor to move the needles : )

    This is only a suggestion if you haven't tried it. My friend had it done several years ago and said he stopped carrying water around.

    I was lucky as my insurance actually paid for the treatments, so it was worth the shot for me even though the results weren't what I had hoped for.

    My Best to You and Everyone Here
  • Tonsil Dad
    Tonsil Dad Member Posts: 488
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    MarineE5 said:

    Accupunture
    Dan,

    Have you tried accupunture? I had heard about it before either on this board or another one some time ago. I thought about it for awhile and brushed it aside. Then, a friend of mine contacted me after he had it done and it worked for him after 2 treatments. So, I went ahead and used a Doctor that my Oncologist suggested. That Doctor told me that I had a 60-70% of it working and if it hadn't worked by the 6th session, I would be wasting my money.

    So, I went for it and sure enough, it didn't work and I tried an extra treatment. It didn't work so I stopped. The funny part of the whole thing was after the first treatment, I had a runny nose for a few days. I suggested to the Doctor to move the needles : )

    This is only a suggestion if you haven't tried it. My friend had it done several years ago and said he stopped carrying water around.

    I was lucky as my insurance actually paid for the treatments, so it was worth the shot for me even though the results weren't what I had hoped for.

    My Best to You and Everyone Here

    Thanks!
    Thanks MarineE5,
    I will look into it, I read about it that its hit and
    miss ...works for some so at this point I am willing to try just about
    anything. I think my insurance company has a local accupunterist
    that they refer to and they give 30% off so I'll look into that.
    Thanks for the input.

    God bless
    Tonsil dad.

    Dan.
  • buzz99
    buzz99 Member Posts: 404
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    Buzz used the Biotene dry mouth spray and it worked beautifully. Karen
  • robinleigh
    robinleigh Member Posts: 297
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    buzz99 said:

    Biotene
    Buzz used the Biotene dry mouth spray and it worked beautifully. Karen

    stoppers 4
    Andy is a huge fan of Stoppers 4. One in his backpack and one by his bedside. We order it online but maybe they stock it somewhere?
  • Paintraind1
    Paintraind1 Member Posts: 3
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    Tried
    I've tried them all, biotine, stoppers, spry Rain, Thayers, AS Saliva
    sprays, I've tried oramoist mouth patch and salivasure lozengers
    and nothing gives me relief from dry mouth. I dont have one ounce
    of saliva. My Rad onc told me in order to salvage saliva glands you have
    to stay under 2600grays at the saliva gland, she said mine was 2000grays
    and doesn't understand why I have none. The mouth breathing because
    of the blocked nasal passages makes it worse.

    God bless
    Tonsil dad,

    Dan.

    Tried
    Hi Dan: my name is jerry Owens. I am a 12 year cancer survivor, with over 30 side effects,no saliva glands, over radiation ! No working hormones, no Thyroid, ,chronic dry mouth, all teeth are decaying, block arteries in my left arm,degenerative disc in my back L4, and L5, but I am alive. Never ever cried or want pity. Will never ever give up on me. Feet touch the grave over 7 times. My God held death at bay. At 39 my life became that of cancer. Now at 51 my life belong to God! Now it's it time to make me whole again.
  • fisrpotpe
    fisrpotpe Member Posts: 1,349 Member
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    stoppers 4
    Andy is a huge fan of Stoppers 4. One in his backpack and one by his bedside. We order it online but maybe they stock it somewhere?

    Mine also
    Stoppers4 is and will be my choice. i looked for 4-5 years post treatment for some kind of help and tried everything until i saw Stoppers4. this is the best i have used. now after using it for 11-12 years it is still my choice. i have suggested it to many here locally and most all but i believe one like and use it.

    john
  • pappy113051
    pappy113051 Member Posts: 2
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    Find that mouthwash and spritz have short term (10 minute) effects, gum only good for 5 minutes or so. Best seems to be drinking lots of water. Note that store brands (Rite Aid) work as well as original.

    I have to teach occasionally and note that talking is worst case scenario. Full day of teaching gives me sore throat for 2-3 days.

    Good luck, and keep the faith.