You know dry mouth as a condition that is often associated with the side effects of diet pills, antidepressants, and blood pressure medications. It is safe to assume that virtually each and every person at one point or another has experienced dry mouth either because of medicines taken or simply because of adjacent factors, such as psychological stress during finals or presentation time; extreme physical exertion, mouth breathing, and also dehydration, such as you may have in summer.
Yet did you also know that dry mouth causes bad breath and more? Dry mouth robs you of the saliva you need to continuously wash away the bacteria that are naturally present in your mouth. In failing to accomplish this, the colonies of these bacteria increase greatly, leading to gingivitis, bad breath, and a host of other bacteria caused problems. Gingivitis in particular has the potential to make rapid progress in your mouth, and over time it leads to unhealthy gums, teeth and overall soft oral tissue problems even in the cheeks.
At this point dry mouth not only causes bad breath, but it also causes conditions that have bad breath as one of their tell tale symptoms. You may notice that your gums suddenly unusually tender, bleed when you brush your teeth, and are much more susceptible to heat and cold differences. The latter becomes especially obvious when eating foods that suddenly irritate the gums and might actually cause lesions in addition to the initial feelings of irritation.
Now that you know that dry mouth not only causes bad breath but also significantly increases your chance of suffering from swelling, redness and bleeding and bleeding of the gums, it is vital to check your medicine cabinet. Put aside any medicines that list dry mouth as a possible symptom and resolve to contact your prescribing physician to discuss this matter with her or him. Additionally, pay close attention to any mouthwashes that are alcohol based. They, too, will lead to a drying of the mouth and may actually make bad breath worse rather than improving the condition.
Next, make an appointment with your dentist. If your bad breath is brought on in part by gingivitis and other related disorders, it will not self-correct, no matter how much you resolve to go about increasing the regularity and vigor of your daily tooth brushings. Instead, the only way to remove the bacterial buildup that is now existing in your mouth requires the use of specialized tools by a dental hygienist.
Similarly, seeking to make the problem go away with bad breath lozenges, gum, breath freshening mouthwashes, and even chewing on parsley only temporarily fixes the symptom, but it does not actually take care of the deeper problem. It is vital to undo the damage dry mouth is doing, and fixing bad breath in the process most commonly is a welcome side effect of getting the dental work needed to have a healthy mouth. It is impossible to have a sick mouth and yet exhale sweet smelling breath.