The Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey & Dry Mouth
Proof that celebrities are just like us...
It’s award season in Hollywood; kicking it off are the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards airing tonight, where the best actors, dramas and comedies will be recognized. Last year, about 19 million people viewed the Golden Globes. With so many people watching, and with actors in a room full of their peers, it’s no wonder that we typically see a few nerves on stage!
Even Oprah feels them! Last year, Oprah Winfrey gave a powerful, moving speech after she received the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement.
Later, Oprah told People magazine that she was nervous and experienced what many people do when they stand up to talk in front of people — Dry Mouth.
“I must have been more nervous than I thought, because I’ve never had dry mouth before” Oprah told People. “In the middle of the speech I thought, ‘I can’t move my gums!’”
If Oprah, who has spoken in front of millions of people in her lifetime, can get Dry Mouth, anyone can.
For many of us, Dry Mouth only occurs during situations like Oprah was in. Perhaps not on stage at the Golden Globes, but in conference rooms, churches, schools — situations where we are speaking in front of people; it’s normal to experience Dry Mouth when you’re nervous. This is because a dry mouth is a fight-or-flight stress symptom. Meaning, when you are in a fearful situation, your body may react with the ever-so-inconvenient case of cottonmouth at the podium.
But for many of us, that feeling Oprah had of not being able to move her gums does not only occur in nerve-wracking situations; it’s all the time. When you have chronic Dry Mouth, it’s like waking up with stage-induced cottonmouth every day and, we know, it’s miserable.
Chronic Dry Mouth occurs when your mouth stops producing a sufficient amount of saliva. Dry Mouth is often caused by side effects of prescription medications, autoimmune diseases, or certain cancer treatments. If you have Dry Mouth, you probably experience a number of symptoms such as stringy saliva, difficulty chewing and speaking, and chronic bad breath.
Without saliva to sweep away the bad bacteria in your mouth, Dry Mouth can also lead to oral health concerns like tooth decay and gum disease.
For those who simply experience Dry Mouth when giving the occasional acceptance speech or boardroom presentation, you don’t have to worry too much. But for those of you experiencing Dry Mouth every day, it’s important to get your symptoms under control as much as possible in order to maintain good, overall health.
This is why we created Hydralief. It is not a cure for Dry Mouth (that’ doesn’t exist…yet!) but it can help. Hydralief is made from a dual-action formula that moisturizes the mouth - similar to what a conditioner does to your hair - and helps promote healthy saliva flow. This way, whether you suffer from chronic Dry Mouth, or you simply have a case of the nerves, you have a product that will actually keep your mouth feeling normal so you can get on with your day, and your life.
As you watch Hollywood celebrate tonight in glitz and glamour, remember, even Oprah Winfrey gets nervous from time to time.. and you will probably see more than one celebrity stumbling over their words due to cottonmouth. Even though Hydralief won’t be a part of the actors’ fancy goody bags at the end of the night, you have ready access to what we consider the best Dry Mouth product on the market. And that deserves a standing ovation!
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