Dental Good Health

Dry Mouth: Symptoms, causes and treatment

For Xerostomia (dry mouth) of any origin. Dry mouth can be caused by many different factors, such as aging alone, smoking, snoring, alcohol consumption, talking for long periods of time, nervousness and stage-fright, being exposed to dust, paints, irritants or dry heating conditions, diseases such as Sjögren’s syndrome and other auto-immune disorders, results from medical treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation.


Salix® increases salivation of a reduced salivary gland function through physiological stimulation of the taste buds. Stimulating the individual’s own salivary glands into production is more advantageous than using saliva substitutes. The tablets contain sorbitol, fruit acids, salts and a phosphate buffer in a unique composition designed not to damage dental tissue.

Dry mouth is one of the most common side effects from numerous medications, such as diuretics, anti-hypertensives, anti-depressives, antihistamines, tranquilizers, antibiotics, etc.

Salix® has been providing relief to Sjögren’s syndrome patients in Sweden since 1982. It is currently being used not only by Sjögren’s syndrome patients, but by sufferers from dry mouth symptoms world wide.


Salix® is available as a safe and natural OTC product. Clinical studies conducted in Sweden, using Salix® for six months, showed no measurable changes in microhardness of the enamel nor any changes in the occurrence of S. mutans, lactobacilli, plaque index, or plaque formation rate.

Salix® is safe for long-term use. Does not promote tooth decay. Salix® has been tested clinically both in short-term and long-term studies. No increase in enamel erosion has been recorded. No negative side effects.

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Dental Plaque – An Overview

Research has shown that plaque must be controlled in order to combat gum disease and periodontal disease. Furthermore, by reducing plaque, dental decay can be kept to a minimum.

Couple a lifetime of good plaque control and total oral hygiene and dental decay becomes almost nonexistent. Reduced plaque also has very pronounced positive effect on plaque build-up in the arteries, with beneficial consequences on cardiovascular disease and heart attacks as well as on diseases states and health status in general.

Total Oral Hygiene means good Total Health!


Plaque is a clear, sticky film, an invisible layer of microorganisms growing in colonies, which adheres to the surfaces of teeth, gum tissues, dental restorations, and even the tongue – and then further “into” the body: the arteries, the heart, etc.. It is so adherent, that it can not be washed or rinsed off, but must be mechanically removed.

Plaque contains a variety of bacteria, some also producing strong acids, that can cause dental decay (cavities/caries) by dissolving the minerals that make up the tooth enamel (tiny holes appear that get bigger and bigger until there is a cavity), contribute to calculus (tartar) formation, and initiate the inflammatory response associated with periodontal disease, some producing dangerous and poisonous toxins.

There are different stages of plaque formation: The first stage is the Pellicle Formation, subdivided in turn into four stages:

  1. The surfaces are bathed with salivary fluids
  2. Salivary Glycoproteins (positively and negatively charged) adsorb to the surfaces.
  3. This probably occurs due to ionic interaction.
  4. The Glycoproteins lose their solubility
  5. The Glycoproteins become altered by the action of the bacterial enzymes

The next stage is the Bacterial Colonization. At this stage the bacteria borne in the saliva are brought in contact with the organic dental pellicle, either physically or more often through some type of chemically complicated interaction.

Protein molecules on the bacterial cell surfaces recognize and link to the pellicle glycoproteins – and plaque is formed! The Final stage is the Maturation of Plaque. As plaque matures it increases in mass and thickness. Its microbiological composition also changes. Mature plaque is potentially more pathogenic.


Plaque is composed of glycoproteins from the saliva, various bacteria and bacterial metabolism products and minerals and their ions.


Plaque forms again soon after it is removed and effective plaque control will keep it to a minimum. It takes approx. 21 days for plaque to completely mature.

That’s why you are encouraged to brush your teeth and rinse your mouth 4-5 times a day, plus daily flossing, to prevent plaque from maturing into calculus/tartar.


The rate plaque forms and what it’s made of, varies from individual to individual. In fact, it varies in different parts of the same mouth.

Studies have shown that plaque affects each of us differently – some are more susceptible to the bacterial components in the plaque than others. That explains why individuals have different healing responses to periodontal treatment.


A frequent warning sign is when the edge of the gums next to the teeth, become reddened and inflamed, and bleed when touched. This early stage is known as Gingivitis and takes three weeks to form when all oral hygiene measures are suspended.

Gingivitis is a reversible condition. With diligent flossing and tooth brushing, Gingivitis usually disappears. Left untreated, it can progress into periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease is defined as the formation of pockets (loss of gum attachment to the teeth) and the loss of bone that supports the teeth. Periodontal disease is a chronic disease that can result in tooth loss.

In fact, periodontal disease is the main reason adults have teeth removed, as well as many other serious disease like heart attacks, Cancer and many other (inflammatory) diseases!