Addressing Dry Mouth to Solve Bad Breath Problems

Oral Hygiene Basics Tavares, FL

Bad breath is a serious oral health problem that many people have to deal with. Bad breath can be caused by dry mouth. Some people suffer from halitosis due to dry mouth issues, which has little to do with poor hygiene. Fortunately, you can take steps to identify, treat and prevent your dry mouth from recurring.

Dry mouth treatment

Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is when a person does not have adequate saliva to keep their mouth wet and moisturized. Saliva is needed to moisten the mouth, get rid of dead cells that accumulate on the gums, tongue and cheeks and neutralize the acids that plaque produces. If these cells are not removed, they decompose. This can eventually cause bad breath. There are many ways to relieve dry mouth temporarily, but for a long-term dry mouth solution, its root cause has to be addressed.

Diagnosis and treatment

It is important to get a clear diagnosis of the cause of dry mouth problems. This will help a doctor determine an effective treatment option. Many doctors can easily determine if the cause of dry mouth is related to oral health. If a patient is diagnosed with cavities or gum disease, a dentist can resolve these issues. If dry mouth is because of a medication or another medical condition, a patient may need the care of a physician to diagnose and address it.

Most patients require a two-pronged approach to treat problems associated with dry mouth. Initially, a doctor will most likely suggest treatment for the symptoms. These may include bad breath and dental sores. A doctor may also suggest antibiotics for signs of oral infection or an oral product that can shield mouth sores so they can heal. The doctor will investigate the cause of dry mouth, carry out tests for any medical conditions or make adjustments to a patient’s medications and dosages.

Drinking water

A person should drink plenty of water. This will help keep the mouth wet. Sipping water regularly promotes saliva production, which acts as a cleansing agent and dissolves any sticky substances in food and drinks. Water also helps wash away any remaining bits of food in the mouth that bacteria feed on.

Sugar-free gum and candies

Sucking on sugar-free candies and chewing sugarless gum will stimulate the flow of saliva. Chewing gum will also help loosen dead cells and food from the tongue, gums and teeth. Sugarless gum sweetened with xylitol is effective for fending off bad breath. Xylitol is usually used as a sugar substitute in chewing gum. A dentist can also suggest eating healthy foods, such as carrots, that require a great deal of chewing. This will help keep saliva moving in the mouth.

Get rid of bad breath

One of the main symptoms of dry mouth is bad breath. Saliva is important because it keeps your mouth moist and washes bacteria and food particles away. To relieve your dry mouth, you should sip water regularly, chew sugar-free gum and suck on sugarless candies. Your dentist can also help treat your condition and address any underlying health issues. If you want to learn more about addressing dry mouth, talk to your general dentist today.

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