Contact: Jennifer Heath PhD
Centre for Appearance Research
Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences
University of the West of England
Bristol BS16 1QY
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Probably one of the most common
complaints from patients who have gone through radiation
treatment to the head and neck area is dry mouth (Xerostomia).
It is also a condition that may stay with the patient for
the rest of their life and can dramatically affect their
quality of life.
A brand new enzyme based product range
to combat the symptoms of dry mouth is now available on
prescription and can be bought over the counter across the
UK. The enzymes mimic the action of saliva so anyone
with reduced salivary flow applying any of the Oralieve
products will be naturally boosting the natural oral flora
and helping to maintain a 'normal' mouth.
The mouth moisturising gel is called
Oralieve is just about to release a
mild mint toothpaste which is SLS (sodium lauryl sulphate)
free and is a smooth paste that contains 1450ppm fluoride.
The toothpaste will also be available on prescription and
available from pharmacies.
The moisturising gel will provide
instant relief for dry mouth and will last for many hours
enabling the user to have uninterrupted sleep throughout the
night. Furthermore, Oralieve helps combat bad breath,
burning and soreness in the mouth and appears to keep oral
thrush at bay.
TIP: If you
frequently suffer with an oral health problem like ulcers,
cold sores or oral thrush, once the condition has cleared up
throw away your toothbrush. This can be the direct
cause of reinfection.
TIP: If you struggle with
dry or cracked lips DO NOT USE an oil based product like
yellow paraffin, petroleum jelly or Vaseline. These
type of products just act as a barrier so protect the lips,
but they do not absorb into the lips or corners of the
mouth, whereas Oralieve gel will moisten the lips, absorb
and clear up the problem of dry cracked lips.
TIP: Many women with dry
lips cannot wear lipstick, so why not take a small amount of
your favourite lipstick, melt it in a microwave and then mix
it with some Oralieve gel. This can then be applied as
required and you'll have lovely looking colourful lips.
The whole range is now available to
sample to anyone associated with
Let's Face It.
To try all or any of the products free of charge please
Fiona Ritchie on 07778 523761 or