As I said before, I don’t like to use oral sprays for dry mouth (or anything else) in public because I found them very indiscreet. However, it is undeniable that oral sprays can be a great help to relieve dry mouth, specially in cases of severe xerostomia.
In my search for the best spray (one that goes unnoticed when you use it in public, with a pleasant taste and long-lasting effects) I found the Xerostom spray which, according to the packaging, moisturizes the mouth and stimulates the activity of the salivary glands.
Will be Xerostom the ultimate spray for dry mouth? We will see right away.
It is important to note that this product review is not sponsored by any brand.
Xerostom spray is developed by Biocosmetics Laboratories, a spanish laboratory specializing in R&D, sale and distribution of oral hygiene products. The specific line for dry mouth is called Xerostom and its formulation is based on a patented combination of olive oil, betaine and xylitol called Saliactive™ which as indicated on their website:
- Increases the salivary flow up to 200%.
- Helps restore the natural defenses provided by the saliva.
- Protects the enamel and dentin from demineralization and erosion.
Xerostom products contain fluoride and calcium, vitamin E, allantoin, vitamin B5 and potassium. They are non-acidic, sugar free, alcohol free and 100% detergent free. All these products are suitable for diabetics and vegetarians.
Focusing on the Xerostom spray, the packaging itself indicates that it is a saliva substitute, a nature’s moisturizer for dry mouth that stimulates the activity of the salivary glands.
The use is very simple: shake, spray once or twice into the mouth and under the tongue and extend it through the mouth (I do it with the tongue). It can be used as often as necessary.
Xerostom spray has accompanied me during my summer holidays, so I could test its effectiveness on hot (between 31-34ºC / 87,8-93,2ºF) and very dry days while doing everyday activities such as talking, walking…
The effects start immediately after spraying. In the first minutes, a slight tingling on the tongue occurs and the mouth gets quickly hydrated. The descriptive phrase that comes to mind is that “the mouth waters.”
After 20 minutes, the effects are maintained and the increase in salivary flow is more than clear.
Half an hour after spraying, the effects start to slowly fade away.
In my case (partial xerostomia) the hydration and the salivary stimulation last between 30-40 minutes. A duration that I found acceptable given the conditions of heat and activity.
Xerostom 15 ml spray is small and handy (7.5 cm high and 2.5 in diameter)
Despite its small size the spray gets attention and my friends asked me if it was a spray for bad breath -sigh-.
Another negative point is that the spray is not refillable, so you have to buy the full product every time.
Xerostom spray has a lemony synthetic flavor a little unpleasant and artificial for my taste. Fortunately this disgusting flavor disappears in the first minutes.
Although it has lemon flavor, the product does not contain any acids and has neutral pH (not alter the pH of the mouth).
The price of 6.25 ml spray ranges from €3,50-4 and the 15 ml one costs €4-6. I paid for the 15 ml one € 5.10
Will I buy it again?
Yes. It is small and very effective.
I like this oral spray very much. It is small, compact, easy to use and very effective. It moisturizes and soothes dry mouth immediately and does really increase the salivary flow. It also leaves a pleasant sensation of freshness in the mouth and lips.
The taste is not their strong point but it disappears in a few minutes.
In case of partial xerostomia, the effects last about 30-40 minutes doing normal activities in conditions of heat.
I can not say how long the product will last. I have used the spray as needed for fifteen days and there is still more than half left.
I would like to try other Xerostom products to check if their combined use for a week increases the salivary flow by up to 200% as the company stated on its website. Unfortunately, I have not found all of these products in my city (only found Xerostom pastilles, which we will discuss later).
Other data of interest
Ingredients: Aqua, xylitol, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, calcium lactate, betaine, Olea europaea, panthenol, tocopherol acetate, aroma, sodium benzoate, allantoin, CI 75810, benzoic acid.