Damp weather and a smelly smile don’t usually connect in our minds, but as the dry summer months come to a close, you may want to be prepared for these changes.
How Are Bad Breath and Rain Connected?
The link between wet weather and bad breath actually starts with sinuses. Wet weather encourages the growth of allergens and mold, and many people have allergic reactions to those. If your sinuses become congested, you will probably start breathing through your mouth. As anyone who’s ever suffered from allergies will know, this can quickly dry out your mouth and leave your tongue feeling like a wool sweater.
What you may not know is that dry mouth is actually a dental disease called Xerostomia. Saliva washes away bacteria and other potentially harmful substances in the mouth, and if the mouth isn’t producing enough saliva, bacteria can sit on your teeth for a longer time.
What Can I Do to Prevent Bad Breath?
Bacteria growth leads to dental decay, gum disease, infection and bad breath, known as Halitosis. Experts recommend that you drink plenty of water if you feel your mouth getting dry to avoid bad breath and other negative outcomes.