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A dry mouth is one of the most common and annoying oral health problems. Caused by medication, breathing issues and other factors, it can lead to gum inflammation. Gum inflammation leads to tooth decay which is something none of us wants to have.
Luckily, there are a variety of dental care products specifically targeted at dry mouth sufferers. If you don’t want to be chewing gum constantly or pursue some other tedious option, a mouthwash might be the best solution for you.
One mouthwash, Biotene Oral Rinse for Dry Mouth is purpose built for taking care of dry mouth. It contains a variety of specific ingredients to help soothe dry mouth symptoms.
We’ll take a look to see if Biotene’s mouthwash actually works in our full review.
Here’s a highlight of some of the ingredients in Biotene and how they help with mouth dryness.
- Xylitol: Xylitol is used in many dental health care products for good reasons. It is antibacterial and provides sweetness without the calories or the associated tooth decay. In this mouthwash, Xylitol works to help dry mouth by stimulating and increasing salivation. Also, it helps kill the bacteria which are generated as a byproduct of mouth dryness.
- Sorbitol: Sorbitol is another artificial sweetener with anti-bacterial properties. While it doesn’t increase salivation like Xylitol, it can help to reduce the concentrations of bacteria built up in the mouth that are a direct result of the condition.
- Glycerol: Even though it does not have any properties which alleviate mouth dryness directly, Glycerol helps relieve the symptoms of dryness. It is used as a humectant or a substance that keeps things moist. Glycerol helps retain moisture in the mouth and gives a smooth, sleek feeling.
These are just some of the ingredients in Biotene which help with mouth dryness. Now that we know how Biotene works, what is using the product like?
Biotene: The Experience
Biotene comes packaged in a big one liter bottle. Even though it’s large, it’s relatively thin which makes getting the product out easier. The cap of the bottle is a simple flip top.
Note: this top is not child proof. This is something to keep in mind if you have little ones running around the household.
When it comes to strength, this mouthwash is not terribly harsh. It’s not nearly as burning as Listerine or Scope. This is probably due to the lack of alcohol and strong menthol in the formulation.
As far as the taste is concerned, it’s pretty subdued. It’s got what I’d call a “chemical-y” taste with some mint notes. It’s actually fairly sweet due to the presence of two sugar free sweeteners, sorbitol and xylitol. It’s not exactly pleasant but it’s not disgusting either.
The moisturizing effects are noticeable. I can definitely sense an increase in both salivation and moisture after using the product. Even though I don’t suffer from particularly harsh dry mouth, this mouthwash certainly made my mouth feel better.
I will admit, however, that Biotene is not a perfect product. I found a couple of issues with the product.
With Biotene’s oral rinse, there is one minor and major downside as I see it.
The minor one is the lack of childproofing. While the mouthwash does keep the mouth clean and fresh, it most definitely can not be ingested in any large amount. It’s not going to be deadly but it would be a better idea to childproof the bottle.
The major issue with Biotene is that it seemed to have fallen prey to “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.” While this review is of the current formulation of Biotene, many users have reported a definite downgrade from the old formula.
Don’t get me wrong; the product in its current iteration is effective and usable. Consumer have noted, however, some differences. First, the old formulation contained several different enzymes. These enzymes helped with the dry mouth. Why Glaxosmithkline removed them, I have no idea.
Another difference is the taste. As I mentioned before, it’s got a chemical flavoring to it. According to some, the old formula is a lot more pleasant and easy on the taste buds. Again, I don’t know what Glaxosmithkline did to alter the taste but it didn’t seem to be a necessary alteration either.
Biotene Mouthwash Review Wrap Up
Overall, Biotene’s mouthwash certainly alleviates annoying dry mouth symptoms and improves moisture. The mouthwash is not harsh, and it feels smooth. I feel that the salivation and moisturizing effects last for hours after use.
Specifically, the presence of xylitol, sorbitol and glycol all work to provide this relief. The formula is Biotene is full of proven, effective ingredients.
Again, both the combination and the lack of previous ingredients make this mouthwash not as amazing as it could be. The company seemed to have unnecessarily altered the formula to the detriment of the end user. While hindsight is 20/20, the changes did not need to be made.
Still, if you suffer from chronic mouth dryness, Biotene Oral Rinse for Dry Mouth is worth checking out. It will provide relief for your symptoms and improve your quality of life.