While substandard 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 durability. Immunoproteins in saliva curb the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth, thereby safeguarding the gums from gingivitis. Saliva also functions as a disinfectant by cleansing the mouth of leftover food, bacteria, and fungi. This guards against cavities and infections.
Many individuals suffer from dry mouth sporadically; perhaps when they are feeling 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 cause additional physical and oral health issues.
I am Dr. Johnson of Jefferson City Dental Care. I am a Jefferson City dentist and I have been treating xerostomia and bad breath since 2008. If you experience either condition, I invite you to set up an exam and consultation. If you struggle with bad breath regardless of faithful oral hygiene, let me help you pinpoint the source.
With help from my friendly team of dental professionals, I provide the full spectrum of general and cosmetic dental services including dental implants, porcelain veneers and prepless veneers.
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