The moisture in our mouths most commonly known as saliva plays an important role in oral health. Saliva helps to moisten food so it is easier to break down, helps us to swallow and wash away food particles from our teeth and gums. So what happens when the saliva glands can’t produce enough moisture? Without saliva, our mouths are prone to ‘dry mouth’ aka Xerostomia. Some of the conditions that Xerostomia can cause are tooth decay, fungal infections and ulcers.
What causes Xerostomia?
- Cancer and cancer related treatments such as chemotherapy,
- Side effects of certain medications that treat depression, anxiety, pain, allergies, colds, obesity, acne, hypertension and many others,
- Surgical removal of the salivary glands,
- Nerve damage from the head or neck from injury or surgery,
- Smoking or chewing tobacco.
This is where our revolutionary product, Mucolox, can make a difference to help improve the symptoms of Xerostomia. Mucolox can be formulated into a mouthwash, oral moisturiser, or a swallow type formula – making it easier to administer for children and adults.
What is Mucolox?
Mucolox combines the benefits of water-solubility with unprecedented staying power to help deliver non-irritating, long-lasting adhesion for oral and other mucosal surfaces, making Mucolox the perfect solution for oral dryness.
Mucolox has a one-of-a-kind polymer network which improves moisturisation and protection, but won’t easily wash away, bonding to the mucosa to create a powerful but lightweight coating effect. When used with APIs, Mucolox’s advanced adhesive properties help improve contact time of the API to the mucosa, decreasing healing time.
Other ways to help with the symptoms of Xerostomia in conjunction Mucolox:
- Drink lots of water
- Breathe through your nose as much as possible
- Use a vaporiser to add moisture to the air
This is what one of our patients being treated by chemotherapy had to say about mucolox:
“I have tried so many of the treatments that are available at pharmacies, but I found that they either didn’t last long or provided minimal relief. I found that I would be constantly getting up in the middle of the night to get a glass of water because my mouth was so dry. After someone suggested to try mucolox, I decided to give it a go. For the first time in weeks I didn’t have to get up during the night because my mouth stayed moist the whole night. I would recommend this product to anyone who is going through chemotherapy and is suffering from a constant dry mouth.”
Our compounding pharmacists are always available to assist with choosing the right product for you and are available from 8am-6pm Monday to Friday or 8am-4.30pm Saturday for any enquiries.