Bad breath and dry mouth are two conditions that many people may accept as an unfortunate part of their life. In many cases, though, these situations can be corrected, controlled or even prevented with good oral hygiene.
The primary cause of bad breath is left over food particles that get trapped in and around your teeth, allowing bacteria to accumulate in your mouth and create a foul smell. Strong tasting foods like garlic and onions contain pungent oils that linger in your mouth and can also lead to bad breath.
Habits like smoking or chewing tobacco-based products can also cause bad breath as well as stain your teeth and irritate your gums. Persistent bad breath can be a sign of oral health like failing fillings or crowns, an abscessed tooth, or gum disease as well as more serious conditions like lung, throat or nose infections, sinusitis or gastritis.
Dry mouth results from a decreased flow of saliva in your mouth and causes bacteria to build up in your mouth, which can lead to bad breath. In extreme situations, dry mouth can cause significant and permanent mouth and throat disorders that can make it difficult to speak and even lead to malnutrition.
Causes of dry mouth can be a side effect of such medications as blood pressure medication, antihistamines, antidepressants, diuretics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories as well as radiation treatment or everyday factors like stress, anxiety, depression and dehydration.
The way to treat bad breath or dry mouth starts with effective oral hygiene practices that include brushing and flossing your teeth on a daily basis and regular visits to your dentist. In addition to checking your teeth and mouth for any problems, your dentist will clean your teeth to remove plaque and tartar that can cause bad breath and provide you with advice on treating dry mouth.
At Dentistry at Clarkson Village Shoppes, 800 Southdown Rd., Unit A3, in Mississauga the dental professioinals will work with you to develop an oral hygiene routine. To arrange an appointment, call 905-822-8880 or email their office at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information visit their website www.dentistryatclarksonvillage.com.