What’s out there for me to use?

Mouth rinse 

Mouth rinse

  • Biotène Gentle Mouthwash
  • Chlorhexidine 0.2%, 0.1% – various brands
  • NeutraFluor 900 Mouth Rinse
  • Alcohol Free Savacol
Chewing gum
  • Biotène Dry Mouth Gum (with xylitol) (available at pharmacies)
  • Recaldent chewing gum*
  • Trident Sugar Free Gum
  • Wrigley products – sugar free
  1. Wrigley’s Extra Sugar Free Gum for kids (with xylitol)
  2. Extra Professional (with xylitol)
  • Look out for any gum with xylitol.


Pilocarpine, and cevimeline, which is currently not available in New Zealand but is used overseas, can be used to treat dry mouth. However, they do have side effects and are not an answer for everyone. You may wish to ask your doctor/dentist about them at your next appointment.

  • Recaldent chewing gum is available from dentists and it is mainly used to reduce tooth decay and sensitivity rather than treating a dry mouth. You may like to ask your dentist or dental hygienist about this product.
Sugar-free sweets**
  • Any sugar-free sweets that have xylitol or any other artificial sweeteners
  • SMINT Mints (with xylitol).
Moistener/lubricating gel/artificial saliva
  • Luborant
  • Oral Balance Moisturizing Spray (with xylitol)
  • Oral Balance Moisturizing Gel (with xylitol)
  • Oralube.
Toothpaste and topical applications
  • Biotène Antibacterial Dry Mouth Toothpaste
  • Bicarbonate containing toothpaste
  • Chlorhexidine gels
  • NeutraFluor 5000 Toothpaste
  • Oralbalance Gel
  • Other fluoridated toothpaste
  • Tooth mousse (these are available from your dentist).
These are just a few examples of what may be available at chemists or shops. Please talk with your dentist if you have any questions about what is suitable for you.

** Caution – sugar-free sweets can be acidic, such as berry and le mon flavours so don’t use them too often.

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