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Green tea lozenge trial aims to reduce dry mouth symptoms
Updated: 3/17/2011 8:59:59 PM
 

Natural ingredients in new lozenges may help increase saliva production Researchers from the College of Dental Medicine at Georgia Health Sciences University are conducting a trial that will test the efficacy of new dry mouth lozenges. The investigators said they believe that antioxidants found in green tea, the main ingredient of the new drops, may reduce the inflammation of salivary glands in people who suffer from the condition.

Over the course of the eight-week trial, members of the test group will consume between four and five lozenges each day, which is equivalent to drinking the same number of cups of green tea.

Researcher Scott De Rossi said he believes that "patients are going to feel better and we're going to see some improvement not only in how their salivary glands function and how their mouth feels, but also how the glands look on a cellular level."

If left untreated, the condition can cause bad breath or damage an individual's teeth, according to the American Dental Association (ADA).

Individuals who think that they have dry mouth may seek diagnosis and treatment from their dentist. The ADA noted several forms of symptom relief, including sugar-free gum and alcohol-free mouth wash.

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