Causes of xerostomia
The most common culprits for xerostomia are various prescription and non-prescription drugs, for example blood pressure medications, antihistamines, antidepressants, diuretics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, and more. Dehydration, radiation treatment to the head and neck, and diseases such as Sjögren’s syndrome, salivary gland problems, hormonal imbalances, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes can also cause xerostomia.
Prevention of bad breath is in most cases easy, and starts with good oral hygiene. But simply brushing your teeth may not be enough. You should also use floss or an interdental brush to clean in between the teeth, and if you have bad breath you could use a mouthwash like CB12 as a complement. CB12 prevents bad breath by neutralizing the odorous sulfur compounds in your mouth, instead of just masking the smell. It contains both zinc acetate and chlorhexidine diacetate, which has been clinically proven to prevent bad breath for 12 hours after each use.1
Waking up with dry mouth and bad breath after a long night’s sleep is normal and more or less happens to everybody. The reason why you get “morning breath” is that your flow of saliva naturally decreases at night, making your mouth dry and stagnated. Sleeping with your mouth open tends to make matters worse. Although sleeping is one of the most common causes for dry mouth, the saliva production usually picks back up shortly after you start eating breakfast.
Prevention of dry mouth
These steps can help relieve dry mouth and bad breath temporarily:
- Drink water frequently throughout the day to avoid dehydration, but avoid drinks that are sugary, acidic or caffeinated.
- Chew gum to stimulate saliva production. Just make sure it is sugar free, since sugar can contribute to cavities and bad breath. Xylitol, a natural sweetener, can prevent the growth of the bacteria that cause bad breath.
- Maintain good tooth brushing and flossing habits and see your dentist for regular checkups.
- Rinse with a mouthwash daily to combat unpleasant breath.
- If you smoke, this is a good time to quit. Although smoking does not cause dry mouth, it can aggravate it. The same is also true for smokeless tobacco, alcohol and coffee.
- Try a xylitol containing saliva substitute.