There are several things that cause bad breath, and not all of them are of a dental nature. However, often one of the biggest causes of bad breath is that your mouth is too dry. Formally known as xerostomia, dry mouth occurs, obviously, when you don’t produce enough saliva. This can cause a number of symptoms including increased thirst and sore throat as well as bad breath.
What does a dry mouth have to do with bad breath though? Mouth bacteria needs moisture to thrive, so shouldn’t we have better breath if we have a dry mouth? While true in a way, saliva has the crucial job of whisking away food particles as well as bacteria down your throat. When no saliva is present, we will often us water to do this job, but it doesn’t do as good of a job as saliva so more food and bacteria just ends up sitting in our mouth. This is the root cause for bad breath when you have dry mouth.
There are a number of things that can cause dry mouth including a wide array of medication or diseases like diabetes. Even stress can result in dry mouth in some people. If left untreated, dry mouth will become much more than just bad breath. It will make cavities manifest faster, it can cause difficulty eating or talking, and it can even lead to a loss of teeth.
Often you will want to work with a conjunction of a dentist and a doctor to help solve your dry mouth problem. Often the cause is usually a new medication, but there are some dental-related causes that can cause dry mouth as well. Your dentist can help give you recommendations to help stimulate saliva as well as remove bad breath-causing bacteria. If you suffer from bad breath and think dry mouth might be the cause, contact us today.