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Did you know that a dry mouth is a main cause of bad breath?

Posted On March 24, 2013

Dry mouth, also known as “cotton mouth,” can occur as a result of a wide range of medical issues or even as a result of medications, which can cause mouth dryness as a side effect.

Some common causes of dry mouth include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Dehydration
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Periodontal and gum disease
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Diabetes
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Sjögren’s syndrome
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Nerve damage
  • And many others.

In fact, dry mouth is a primary cause of morning breath! Many people sleep with an open mouth and many also get dehydrated while sleeping, which results in that notoriously terrible morning breath.

The formal name for dry mouth is “xerostomia.”

Dry mouth causes bad breath because the lack of saliva decreases the amount of oxygen that’s present inside the mouth’s micro-environment. This creates conditions that are ripe for anaerobic – oxygen-phobic – bacteria, which produce sulfur. It’s these sulfur-emitting bacteria that cause bad breath.

Drinking lots of water and sucking on sugar-free candies can also help promote saliva production.

The Got Fresh Breath? mouthwash dispenser is ideal for anyone who suffers from dry mouth, as the minty freshness stimulates salivation, while simultaneously delivering a splash of moisture.

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