I've watched this thread...and am amazed how many of you have enough saliva to chew gum. Another one of these interesting posts to remind me how long it's been (and maybe had Sjogren's) since I could chew gum. Honesty...I think I was barely 30. If that old. So was my saliva compromised that long ago.
The idea that xylitol helps with salivation is interesting. I bought Xyitol in bulk ..as sugar. Have baked with it once. Quite good.
Anyway...my contribution is a comment about the flavors: those are the ones which cause anyone to salivate---and thus get my supposedly atrophied left parotid get clogged to have a sialadenitis spell. Like RIGHT now this afternoon. Have been using my massage and HOT compresses for hours. Nothing. Just broke down and took one of my antibiotics. I have time to take another one at 11 tonight. THEN...maybe I can eat something in the morning. It's times like this I wonder how I suffered with this condition until began to be treated w' antibiotics. Had it for several years before SjS's dx. At this point it occurs seldom. It hurts SO badly---especially when you're sooooooooooo hungry.
Back to those flavors: yummy Dentyne cinnamon...was so good, and spearmint and doublemint too. I tried Spry (dentist give away) but only had fruit flavors. I think I may have chewed 5 or 6 times before tossing.
Anyway...maybe it's cause i'm so hungry this thread appeals to me this afternoon.
Sjogren's, Psoriasis, Hashimoto's, Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, Cold hands/feet, fatigue, pilocarpine-25 mg , Restasis, Plaquenil, Low dose Prednisone (2-3 mg daily) Xylimelt, Citrucel, Alcon-Naturale, Tears,Omega 3, Vit.D, Caltrate+D3, Fosamax, CoQ10, Zinc, Oxtellar. Levothyroxene