If there is one thing I am meticulous about, it is making sure that I have good dental hygiene. But it wasn't always this way. When I was younger, I hated brushing my teeth. In fact, my mother had to watch me brush every morning and night when I was a little kid just to make sure I was actually doing it.
I went to the dentist one day when I was a young adult and he not only told me my teeth were in bad shape, he also said that my teeth were decaying because I had bad dry mouth, which is a severe absence of saliva. When he told me this, I asked him as to why less saliva was a bad thing.
Dr. Wang let me know that not having enough saliva can actually cause bacteria to breed in our mouths. Apparently, disgusting germs love dry mouths. I was disgusted when I heard this!
But, instead of letting me freak out, Dr. Wang calmed me down. He said that in addition to using mouthwash to kill germs, I should also keep a humidifier in my room. I have a tendency to sleep with my mouth open, which my dentist said could dry out my mouth even more.
A humidifier helps increase the dampness in the air, which was great because the last thing I needed to was to breathe in more dry air.
After leaving Dr. Wang's office, I headed straight for the hardware store and purchased a humidifier. It's been a couple weeks since I started sleeping with one in my room and it's made a huge difference. I no longer wake up with a dry mouth and my dentist has noticed the difference too.
I went back to Dr. Wang's office a month later, and he couldn't believe how much better my mouth looked!