Novato Dentist Addresses Symptoms of Dry Mouth and Bad Breath

Written by Dr. McConnell on Jan 7, 2014

Periodontal disease can be a serious oral health concern as well as posing a threat to your overall health. Bacteria in your mouth must be removed completely by the Novato Dentist or they will build up around your teeth gum line. Without proper treatment, this condition may develop into an infection and lead to periodontal disease or gum disease.

Symptoms of Dry Mouth

A record number of people take prescription medications regularly for high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, allergies, weight loss, Parkinson’s disease, pain and more. A common side effect of these medications is dry mouth. Dry mouth may be a nuisance but it can also create significant problems affecting oral hygiene.

Saliva acts as a natural cleansing rinse because it contains compounds that kill bacteria in the mouth. It washes away these bacteria that accumulate in your mouth as well as food and other debris on which the bacteria feed.

Without a proper routine of oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist, conditions for growth of bacteria associated with periodontal disease are perfect since insufficient amounts of saliva reduce the body’s ability to reduce the effect of bacterial waste.

Symptoms of Bad Breath

It’s common for everyone to have bad breath occasionally, but chronic halitosis can indicate a more serious problem. In such cases, the odor is caused by bacteria, decaying of food particles, and improper oral hygiene.

A diligent routine of proper oral hygiene is essential to helping remove bacteria that hide and multiply between your teeth. These bacteria are also a breeding ground for infection and periodontal disease.

Whether you suffer from chronic dry mouth or bad breath, the solution starts with a visit to the Novato Dentist. Like most oral health issues, periodontal disease is most effectively treated as soon as possible so that more costly treatment can be avoided in the future.