How do you combat mouth dryness?

A priceless fluid: saliva.

We have hundreds of salivary glands in our cheeks, the floor of our mouths and our lower jaw. These glands produce and release around 1.5 litres of saliva every day, and make our lives much easier.

For starters, saliva makes chewed food more slippery, which makes it easier to swallow. The enzymes, proteins and antibodies in saliva are the first line of defence against unwanted intruders in our mouths. Saliva also provides natural protection for our teeth. It contains ions such as sodium, calcium and fluoride, which help protect teeth from bacteria. Saliva also washes away fungi, viruses and food particles, which we then swallow, cleaning the mouth.

It also helps us with those things we take for granted like speaking, tasting and swallowing. You only notice what an incredible job saliva does if you suffer from a dry mouth for a long period of time.

Tips to help a dry mouth

Increase saliva production

The more you chew your food, the more saliva is produced. Chewing your food properly also makes it much easier to swallow.

Drink lots

Water and other sugar-free drinks are great for keeping your mouth moist between meals.

Good oral hygiene

Good oral hygiene helps to prevent a number of illnesses and boosts the body’s natural protection.

Keep your mouth moist

The natural glycerine in Grether’s Pastilles keeps your mouth moist if you are not producing enough saliva.

How glycerine benefits your throat and mouth.

Glycerine is a polyvalent alcohol found in almost all natural fats and oils. The chemical structure and function of the substance have been known for over 200 years. As glycerine is a product with various applications, it is used in almost all industries, including as a food additive. Thanks to its moisture-binding and softening properties, glycerine is also an important component of Grether’s Pastilles – and it has been since the original recipe dating back to 1850.

Glycerine produces more saliva.

Glycerine binds to the surface molecules of the mucous membrane in the mouth and serves as a replacement for the shortage of mucin.*

Naturally increases the production of saliva.

Moistens and soothes the irritated mucous membrane of mouth and throat

Coats overtaxed vocal cords like a fine protective film

Helps the body to regulate itself

* Mucin is a constituent of mucus in organisms that provides structure.