Your Calgary Dentist Explains Bad Breath
Do you suffer from bad breath? There are many possible causes of bad breath, including certain types of food and drink, tobacco use, some medications, and poor dental hygiene.
One of the more common causes of bad breath is dry mouth, also known as xerostomia. Fortunately, dry mouth can be managed – which can minimize bad breath.
How Dry Mouth Leads to Bad Breath
We all salivate. Saliva serves many purposes, including rinsing the inside of your mouth. This removes unwanted particles that can cause the offensive odors we call bad breath.
When you don’t produce enough saliva, your mouth gets dry and those small particles are not naturally washed away. Everyone experiences dry mouth from time to time, especially on hot days or when you’re not drinking enough water. If you suffer from chronic dry mouth, however, it can lead to serious problems, including bad breath.
What Causes Dry Mouth?
You get dry mouth when your salivary glands don’t produce enough saliva to keep your mouth moist. Chronic dry mouth can be caused by many factors, including:
- Snoring and breathing with your mouth open
- Certain health conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes
- Prescription and over-the-counter medications, in particular decongestants and antihistamines
- Tobacco use
- Alcohol consumption
- Recreational drug use
How to Deal with Dry Mouth
There are many things you can do to deal with dry mouth and hopefully lessen bad breath. When you’re not generating enough saliva, try doing any or all of the following:
- Drink more water throughout the entire day
- Suck on sugar-free mints, lozenges, or hard candies
- Chew sugar-free gum
- Cut back on coffee and other caffeinated drinks
- Reduce your salt intake
- Eat fewer spicy foods
- Quit smoking
- Switch to an alcohol-free mouthwash
- Use a humidifier at night
- If you have allergies, talk to your doctor about allergy medication
- If you’re taking any medications, talk to your doctor to see if any lead to dry mouth
- Try to breathe through your nose instead of your mouth
How Regular Dental Visits Can Help Curb Dry Mouth
There’s one other thing you can do to reduce dry mouth: see your dentist. Proper dental care is essential to curbing dry mouth. In addition to regularly brushing and flossing, you should schedule regular cleanings to avoid the buildup of plaque and tartar on your teeth. Your dentist can also provide personal advice to improve your oral health, as well as recommend specific medications, appliances, and other products that can reduce dry mouth.
Control Dry Mouth with Proper Medication
When dry mouth is a constant problem, you may benefit from using NeutraSal, a prescription oral rinse. NeutraSal works like natural saliva in your mouth, restoring a healthy pH balance and reducing the symptoms of dry mouth. It comes in single-use packets of powder that you dissolve in water. This creates an oral rinse that you can use one or more times a day, as prescribed. Many patients say that regular use of NeutraSal helps them not only relieve dry mouth but also improves their swallowing, drinking, and eating.
Let Nosehill Dental Can Help You Battle Dry Mouth
Nosehill Dental has been providing quality dental services since 1971. Our diverse Ranchlands dental team is committed to helping residents of Calgary achieve the best possible dental health. We believe that no matter where you come from, what you look like, what you believe in, who you love, or what your culture is, all people are awesome.
Want to learn more about how quality dental services can help you battle dry mouth? Call us at 403-241-1900 or make an appointment online.