While lax oral hygiene is the most prevalent cause of halitosis, many elements can contribute to or intensify the condition. One of these is the lack of saliva or xerostomia.
Saliva and Oral Health
Saliva moistens the teeth and gums and eliminates odiferous dead cells. Saliva also neutralizes the ever-present acids on the tongue, gums, and cheeks and the minerals in saliva help to maintain enamel durability. Immunoproteins in saliva curb the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth, thereby shielding the gums from gingivitis. Saliva also functions as a disinfectant by cleansing the mouth of leftover food, bacteria, and fungi. This safeguards against cavities and infections.
Many men and women are plagued with dry mouth infrequently; perhaps when they are perceiving anxiety or stress. Limiting caffeine, chewing sugar-free gum, using OTC saliva substitutes, and using a humidifier can add moisture to the mouth.
If you have infrequent periods of dry mouth, there is probably nothing to worry about. Constant dry mouth, however, can cause additional oral and physical health problems.
We have been treating xerostomia and bad breath since 1986. If you suffer from either condition, we invite you to schedule an exam and consultation.
With help from our modern team of dental professionals, we provide the full spectrum of general and cosmetic dental services including dental implants, sedation dentistry and restorative dentistry.