Xerostomia is a dry mouth condition that often causes halitosis (extreme bad breath). Usually persons who suffer this inconvenient and embarrassing condition notice “bad tastes” in their mouths.
This bad taste is usually of a metallic nature. The severity of bad taste usually is related to how dry the mouth actually is.
If you want to have fresh breath again you should pay special attention to the advice you see to follow. The main key is to ensure that your mouth has access to the oxygen it needs. Otherwise, your mouth will not produce saliva and it will dry up.
Signs of Dry Mouth
When you have dry mouth usually a reduce supply of saliva is produced. This is usually breeding ground for bacterial pathogens to grow and build up. Then, when the sulfuric compounds start to form, severe bad breath (halitosis) begins to form.
Usually dry mouth is characterized by the following symptoms: Cracked lips, bad breath, sores, spit skin, or thick (or stringy) saliva. Sore throat, difficulty swallowing, increased plaque, tooth decay, and gum disease are also signs and/or causes of halitosis (dry mouth and bad breath). Sometimes the sense of taste is also altered.
Here are ways to get rid of and prevent dry mouth:
- Drink some water. You should drink six to eight glasses of water a day. This will help replace the fluid that you have lost and it will also help replenish your supply of saliva. Remember that it is water alone that can only replace this water loss, and not other beverages (i.e. soda, milk, or juice).
- Stop or reduce consumption of acidic foods and hard candy. Acid and sugar both can cause dehydration. The result is possibility of increased tooth decay. Therefore, if you must chew on candy, gum, or other novelty foods you should choose those as low in sugar and acidic ingredients as possible.
- Cut down/reduce alcohol consumption and cigarette use. This advice is given because of the fact that these substances cause dehydration. It may take some time for you to be able to completely eliminate these substances from your diet. However, even the little bit of effort you make towards eliminating these dehydrating vices from your life will make a difference.
- Reduce intake of salty and dry foods. When you stop eating these kinds of foods you will definitely notice a difference. The foods you should reduce or discontinue use of include crackers, cookies, toast, and bananas. You should also stay away from dried breads, poultry, fish, and fruits as much as possible.
- Place a humidifier in your room. This will provide the right amount of moisture in your room, and dryness will be prevented. Remember that a humidifier works better than even using body moisturizers.
- Seek medicinal treatment. Of course, you first should seek doctor’s consultation. When you see help from a qualified professional you will gain access to medicines that you could otherwise not be able to obtain. Oftentimes pilocarpine or cevimeline (Salagen or Evoxac equivalents) usually helps in this situation.