So is this why I always feel thirsty/dry-mouthed after I brush my teeth?

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   Posted 3/18/2010 9:17 AM (GMT -7)   
By "this", I mean Sjogren's, of course. I have noticed for years, that after I brush my teeth, I feel thirsty. Is it because I am removing the saliva from my mouth? Do others have the same experience? When I was in college (20+ years ago) to study singing, the teachers all told us to have water to drink to keep our voices lubricated. I always noticed that during/after singing or reading aloud, I get thirsty & need to drink something.
  I never really thought that the Sjogren's affected my mouth, just my eyes, and I have only been dxed for a short time. But the other night when I brushed my teeth, I made a connection like, "Duh! Maybe this is why I always feel thirsty after I brush my teeth!" If this is the case then I may have had Sjogren's for a long long time without knowing about it.
  I have seen others talk about a toothpaste called Biotene- does this actualy help? Is it OTC or prescription? Thanks!
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   Posted 3/18/2010 9:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I've not used the Biotene toothpaste, but I love the mouthwash. I bet the toothpaste would help a lot. It is OTC but not always easy to find.

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   Posted 5/28/2010 8:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I use Biotene toothpaste and mouthwash. I find that my mouth is not as dry as it use to be with regular toothpaste. As Lynwood stated, the mouthwash is easy to find and is at most grocery stores. Not sure if CVS Pharmacies are near you, but I've found the toothpaste there. They do have an online store so that's a possibility, too, if no store near you.

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   Posted 10/12/2010 2:00 PM (GMT -7)   


Just to let you know that I use both the Biotene toothpast and the mouthwash and I am able to get both on prescription from my Gp. There is also Biotine Lubricant to put on tongue, however although this did help, my mouth felt very dirty after using it. I no longer use this. Also I have found that any products containing Sodium Laurel Sulphate are not good for me.

I was told that there is a biotine gum but I have yet to track this down.




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   Posted 11/6/2010 3:13 AM (GMT -7)   
The local Shoprite (by me) has biotene mouthwash, gel, toothpaste and gum. It is located where all the other dental products are.

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   Posted 11/6/2010 3:28 AM (GMT -7)   

Thankyou for that Free Spirit, I will keep looking.

kind regards

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   Posted 11/15/2010 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
I am in the process of being diagnosed with Sjogren's Syndrome, or at least another Auto Immune Disease.
I already suffer from Asthma, Pernicious Anaemia, Diabetes and multiple allergies.
I have been looking for information on the net, and I have already used Biotene toothpaste, mouthwash and I believe gum is available, all on Amazon.
I try to sip water or ice cubes during the day
I use Lumecare eye gel and artificial tears for my dry eyes. .
I also use Sterimar for my dry nose. It is meant to keep your nasal membanes more moist.
I would love to discuss different options of helping myself, and others, cope with these conditions.
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