While poor oral hygiene is the most frequent cause of halitosis, many elements can contribute to or exacerbate the condition. One of these is the lack of saliva or xerostomia.
Saliva and Oral Health
Saliva moistens the teeth and gums and removes 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 stability. Immunoproteins in saliva suppress the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth, thereby preserving the gums from gingivitis. Saliva also functions as a disinfectant by cleansing the mouth of leftover food, bacteria, and fungi. This guards against tooth decay and infections.
Many men and women are plagued with dry mouth occasionally; 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 sporadic periods of dry mouth, there is probably nothing to worry about. Constant dry mouth, however, can bring about additional oral and physical health troubles.
I am Dr. Longenecker of Hereford Dental Health – Craig Longenecker DDS. I have been treating xerostomia and bad breath since 1998. If you suffer from either condition, I invite you to schedule an exam and consultation. If you struggle with bad breath regardless of faithful oral hygiene, let me help you identify the source.
With help from my understanding team of dental professionals, I provide the full spectrum of general and cosmetic dental services including restorative dentistry, porcelain veneers and dental implants.
Contact Hereford Dental Health – Craig Longenecker DDS: 410-357-0099
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