While inadequate oral hygiene is the most frequent cause of halitosis, many elements can contribute to or intensify the condition. At Alaska Premier Dental Group, we can find the source of your halitosis, and treat it.
Saliva and Oral Health
One of the common causes of bad breath is the lack of saliva, or xerostomia. 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 strength. Immunoproteins in saliva suppress 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 tooth decay and infections.
Many individuals experience dry mouth infrequently; perhaps when they are experiencing 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 problems.