Humidifier helps combat dry mouth

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.

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!

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  1. I must admit to loving the weehtar. I loved the heat and the humidity (people tend to look at me like I have two heads when I say that) and this cooler weehtar is a nice respite. I’m also looking forward to our 28-29 degree weekend! I’m going to hit the beach for one last mega-tanning session before fall.One thing that hasn’t been fantastic is the barometric pressure-related headaches I’ve been getting since the weehtar cooled. BOO!

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