EASY Fix for Dry Mouth: XyliMelts!
It's pretty funny because I've always been of the 'I can conquer the world' mindset in pretty much all circumstances of my life! So, I guess it's not surprising that I also seemed to fall into that mindset during my pregnancy! I even remember during my first trimester thinking 'HAHA, I DON'Tˇ have gingivitis!' Well, this mindset kind of 'expired' during my second trimester when I physically realized that your body is literally changing to accommodate a human being, so therefore it's TOTALLY normal to have changes in your body while this is happening (trust me, it took me a LONG time to reach that acknowledgment)!
One of the bigger changes I noticed about myself was that I was constantly swallowing and feeling like I needed to be hydrating more often, but I was already drinking well over the recommended water intake, so it was then that I realized hmmmm...I believe I am having dry mouth related to my pregnancy especially when I would wake up in the morning! Well, I learned the reason that I had dry mouth was because pregnancy increases blood production in your body AND water retention, so BOOM that resulted in dry mouth!
While I had learned the ins and outs of dry mouth with regards to my patients, I had never experienced it for myself which was new! Also FUN FACT, did you know that 20% of the population suffers from dry mouth!?
So, here I was, going back to the books and trying out all of these dry mouth products, seeing and experiencing which ones worked and which ones didn't. I also learned pretty quickly that I was also wanting a specific delivery, meaning personally I did NOT like using a rinse. So, after using a few, even if they worked, I was just not into that method. Well, then I started using XyliMelts and let me tell you: I was SOLD! And here's why:
What are they?
XyliMelts are these small disks (as shown in the picture) that have two colors to them. gray and white. When your mouth is feeling dry, you simply place the gray side on your gum and it immediately STICKS and slowly keeps your mouth moist.
How does that work?
Basically, it's made with xylitol, which is a natural sweetener that stimulates saliva, meaning it tells your salivary glands to secrete more saliva which makes you feel WAY better! The trick with xylitol is that you need a continuous flow of it for it to get your saliva flowing. Well these disks slowly release 550mg of xylitol throughout your mouth while you're wearing it, which is A LOT!
What makes me love this?
As I was saying before, the main time when I found my mouth really feeling dry was when I would wake up every morning! Well, what you can do with these that is pretty cool, is you can place two in your mouth as you go to bed, one on each side of your mouth and then go to sleep. They last for hours and you really don't feel them! So, I would wake up and my mouth wouldn't feel gross or dry. It felt as it did pre pregnancy, which was awesome!
But what if I want to use them during the day?
Lets say you personally find yourself having dry mouth during the day, no problem! You just place one of these disks on your gum line during the day! The best part of it is that NO ONE can tell it's there because it's flat enough that it doesn't make your lip protrude! So, you feel pretty great throughout the day and no one except you knows that the disk is there!
Are they flavored?
I personally am a mint person, so I have been really enjoying the mint flavored ones, but they also have a cinnamon flavor!
What makes these SO special and different than any other product on the market?
Honestly, in my opinion the BEST feature of these, aside from them working, would be that you can sleep with them safely in your mouth! Because there are a lot of other products out there, such as lozenges, sprays, mouthwashes..etc, however NONE of them can adhere to your gums and work overnight! All of the other options require constant monitoring, I don't know about you but I don't enjoy having to do something throughout the day. I am always looking for a one and done solution and these XyliMelts are exactly that!
Where can I buy them?
I personally get them on Amazon, but the best part of these is that they can be found virtually everywhere! Walgreens, Walmart, Rite Aid and so many more!
Trust me: You will ABSOLUTELY LOVE these if you have ANY symptoms of dry mouth! It's just SO convenient and easy! Let me know if you try it!
XOXO, THE PINK HYGIENIST