Dental Care and Dry Mouth Conditions -               Dr. Julia Hallam-Seagrave                             "Specialist in Special Care Dentistry and Dental Clinical Lead NHS Cambridgeshire Community Dental Services"





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Information supplied by Fiona Ritchie, Head of Clinical Services, Inspirational Pharma Ltd




  • NEVER use water throughout any process of the cleaning procedure
  • Apply a pea-sized piece of toothpaste to a dry brush – do not wet the brush once toothpaste is applied
  • Clean your teeth in the usual way for 2 minutes ensuring every side and surface of the tooth is brushed
  • DO NOT rinse out the mouth
  • Spit out any excess paste and debris
  • Rinse the brush under running water
  • Store in an upright position and allow to air dry




  • Always use a clean dry brush
  • Ensure the bristles are not splayed and the brush looks fit for purpose
  • Change your brush a minimum of every 3 months
  • Never use water at any stage of the cleaning process as this simply dilutes the effect of the toothpaste
  • In the event of having a condition such as oral thrush, ulcers or cold sores, throw away your toothbrush once it has cleared, as this can be the reason for re-infection
  • Avoid storing your brush in a toiletry bag or encasing the head in a toothbrush cover as this may prevent the bristles drying and encourage the growth of bacteria
  • Ensure the toothpaste has between 1400-1500ppm (parts per million) fluoride content





  • Source SLS free toothpaste (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate). This means the paste has no foaming properties and won’t dry the mouth out any further
  • SLS free paste reduces mess, maintains dignity and is easier for the carer to clean the mouth – you can also see what is happening inside mouth without being obstructed by foam
  • For dry cracked lips use a water based product. Ideally chose an enzyme based gel as they mimic the action of saliva and will help heal mouth and lips without being an aspiration risk. These gels include Oralieve and BioXtra and both are available on prescription.
  • Oil based products such as petroleum jelly or yellow paraffin (Vaseline) act as a barrier and do not absorb into the lips but simply protects them against the elements so does not work in managing symptoms of dry cracked lips