The American Dental Association (ADA) announced that it has awarded Biotene Dry Mouth Rinse, from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the first ADA Seal of Acceptance in the dry mouth product category.

The decision was based on the association’s finding that the product is safe and has shown efficacy in temporarily relieving dry mouth symptoms, when used as directed.

“Biotene Dry Mouth Oral Rinse addresses an important problem that many people face,” said Mia L. Geisinger, DDS, MS, chair of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs’ Seal subcommittee. “By earning the ADA Seal of Acceptance, this product has shown to be safe and effective in helping relieve dry mouths symptoms and will hopefully help consumers identify a trusted solution when shopping for products that address this issue.”

To earn the Seal, the product’s manufacturer, GSK, had to pass ADA Laboratory tests and meet ADA and American National Standards Institute-approved dental standards. The company also submitted studies proving clinical safety and efficacy.

“We are very honored that Biotene Dry Mouth Oral Rinse received the first ADA Seal of Acceptance in the new Dry Mouth category,” said Ryan Chung, Biotene brand manager, GSK Consumer Healthcare. “We understand that dry mouth can cause unintended long-term consequences on a person’s oral health, so we are proud to be recognized by the ADA for helping people manage their dry mouth symptoms effectively.”