What to Know about Dry Mouth

What is Dry Mouth? Dry mouth is a decrease in the amount of saliva in your mouth. Causes of Dry Mouth Some of the causes of dry mouth may include: Some medications have dry mouth as a side effect including antihistamines, decongestants, and pain killers. Dehydration caused from not drinking enough water, or from inadequate re-hydrating after exercise. Diseases including autoimmune disorders, Parkinson’s disease and depression. The Effects of Dry Mouth The main side effect of dry mouth in relation to your oral health is tooth decay. Saliva is important as it starts the process of digestion, helps to wash bacteria and food particles off your teeth that have been left behind, and additionally n

Bad Breath

If you suffer from bad breath, you may feel embarrassed. However, once you determine the underlying cause, treatment can help reduce it. What causes bad breath? There are many possible causes of bad breath including: Poor dental hygiene – if you don’t have good oral hygiene such as brushing twice daily and flossing, food particles may remain in your mouth causing bad breath. Food – the breakdown of leftover food particles in your mouth can increase bacteria that can cause a foul smell. Eating particular foods may increase your chance of bad breath including onions, garlic and spices. Smoking – can cause an unpleasant odour from the tobacco Dry mouth – saliva helps to cleanse your mouth and r

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