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New approach for treating dry mouth presented in study published in October 2010 issue of JADA
Date:10/1/2010

EUGENE, OR, October 1, 2010 A newly published study in the October 2010 issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), conducted at New York University's College of Dentistry, confirms the safety and efficacy of a new novel method for controlling xerostomia, or dry mouth. The double masked, randomized controlled crossover study concludes that use of a unique mucoadhesive patch, affixed to the hard palate inside the mouth, provides statistically significant and sustainable improvements in salivary flow rates and subjective moistness for dry mouth sufferers. An estimated 30 million Americans deal with this uncomfortable oral health condition.

This latest study comes on the heels of another published study (March 2010 issue of Quintessence International) that showed these patches provided better performance for dry mouth sufferers than a leading over-the-counter dry mouth spray.

Chronic dry mouth is an under-diagnosed condition that can have a detrimental effect on oral health by contributing to tooth decay, gum disease and chronic bad breath. It can be a symptom of other medical conditions, such as diabetes or Sjogren's Syndrome, and is also the result of radiation treatment for head and neck cancer, but it is most often a side effect of many prescription and over-the-counter medications taken daily by millions of Americans (34% of people on three or more medications will likely have this condition).

The mucoadhesive patches tested in the study are available to consumers under the brand name OraMoist and sold over-the-counter at retailers, such as Rite-Aid and Walgreen's, nationwide. Approximately one centimeter in diameter, the patches can adhere to any oral mucosal surface, such as the roof of the mouth or inside the cheek, and the study confirmed can yield a "statistically significant improvement in baseline subjective and objective measures of dry mouth for up to 60 minutes and possibly longer after appl
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