In a world of flavored toothpaste, mouthwash, gum, and breath mints it seems like the world is trying to get at something. If we had to guess, that something would be “Bad breath stinks!” Unfortunately, all of the aforementioned solutions to bad breath target symptoms, not causes. Let’s take a look at what causes bad breath, and how we might stop them!
Xerostomia. While you try to pronounce that we’ll tell you a little bit about this condition that plagues many people. The street name for this disease is “dry mouth” (much less scary sounding, right?) and it’s symptoms include a persistently dry feeling mouth. Dry mouth is caused by a variety of external stimuli such as smoking, alcohol or drug use, or dehydrations, but can also be a symptom or side effect of diseases, treatments and medications.