Reviewer: Jeremy Steinberg, GP, FRNZCGP
Date of review: July 2019
Comments: Many people with Parkinson’s disease have sialorrhoea (the accumulation of saliva). This is thought to be due to infrequent and inefficient swallowing. These factors, as well as having a stooped posture and the tendency for the mouth to remain open in the disease can lead to drooling. This is a very simple but well-implemented app that works as an adjustable timer to remind users to swallow. It is missing information on other treatments for drooling such as chewing gum to encourage swallowing, oral medication, sprays and Botox.
Safety concerns: None
New Zealand relevance: Relevant to New Zealanders