Dry mouth and snorkeling

I will be taking a beach vacation in June and will have the opportunity to do some snorkeling.  However, I started wondering how my dry mouth would effect my ability to snorkel.  I wondered if my dry mouth spray would help me get some enjoyment out of the experience.  Does anyone have any experience with this?  During the day, I have to have water around unless I'm chewing gum.  With gum I can get away with no water for about 20 minutes or so.  I usually wake up and spray my mouth during the night at least 2 or 3 times.


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I know Biotene has a gel. I used to put a bunch in my mouth for biopsies & other similar scans.
"Used to" does that mean you don't have to do that now? You've given me hope this dry mouth will improve. I use my spray for MRI's and dental visits. I hope I don't have to use it for the rest of my life. I've tried the gel, lozenges and discs that dissolve in your mouth. The spray is the most tolerable. I prefer to use the "Stoppers" brand rather than Biotene. Biotene has too strong of a taste for me. I'm hoping the spray will work.
My dry mouth never did get chronic, though I still have occasional bouts. If I have to stay "diagnostically dry" for hours I still use the gel. It has improved over time for me. My big challenge is drinking enough water.

Though I've never snorkeled, before I exercise or go out for a walk I usually pop an Altoids in my mouth. Helps me salivate just right during physical activity.
I'm thinking you also might experiment with carbonated waters, to see if they might stimulate salivation. I think the more stimulation, the more the glands get to work, and gradually improve over time.
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