For residents that have a disturbed sleep you may want to try this!..... Saliva plays a large part in keeping the mouth healthy with its antibacterial properties - protecting the mouth against infection, Buffering effect - helping to protect the teeth from decay and perhaps the more obvious is its washing effect and lubrication; aiding in talking, chewing and swallowing. But had you considered that the lack of saliva can cause problems with sleep? - waking in the night because of the need to drink water. For residents that have a restless night, you may want to consider looking to see if a dry mouth is to blame! TIP Lubricate the mouth with a hydrating oral gel specifically for dry mouth eg. Oralieve Gel, Biotene Gel Ensure that the tissues are sufficiently hydrated with gel before bed, paying particular attention to the palate and outer teeth and lips – sulcus area. This simple action can make the world of difference! When carrying out an oral health assessment, a dry mouth doesn’t always seem an obvious thing to look out for but ensuring someone's mouth is hydrated is an importance component to a person's oral health and wellbeing.