Bad breath is not something to take lightly and can easily put you in plenty of embarrassing social situations. However, the good news is that bad breath, more of than not, is preventable and easy to cure.
What Causes It?
To prevent and cure bad breath, you’ll need to understand first what causes it and at the same time, what it is.
For starters, bad breath is also known as halitosis, an unpleasant odor that often starts in the mouth.
Below are some of the most common causes of bad breath:
- Eating certain types of food. While eating food and not brushing or flossing afterwards can cause bad breath due to bacterial growth, eating certain types of food can also affect your breath. Examples of such foods are garlic, onions and other types of spices, as they can affect the smell of your breath while they travel through your body.
- Smoking and chewing tobacco. Anything that has to do with tobacco and your mouth can lead to bad breath. This is because of the distinct, foul odor that tobacco leaves in your mouth. Also, tobacco products can increase your risk for a variety of health complications that can also lead to bad breath, among many other things.
- Not taking proper care of your teeth and gums. If you skip brushing and flossing your teeth for just one day, or even one meal, your breath is bound to smell bad. This is because of the remaining food particles in your mouth and the bacterial breakdown of these remnants. Your breath may also smell bad if you don’t take proper care of any dental appliances in your mouth, such as retainers, dentures, crowns and so on.
- Dry mouth. If your mouth is dry, this means that there’s not enough saliva to help clear away food particles, which can lead to the development of a foul odor in your mouth. Make sure to stay hydrated by drinking water frequently to prevent bad breath. It is worth noting that the side effects of certain medications can lead to a dry mouth and bad breath.
- Certain medical conditions. Inflammation of the lungs, throat and sinuses can lead to bad breath, as well as certain respiratory infections. Diabetes, certain liver and kidney diseases and few other medical conditions have also been known to cause bad breath.
Fighting Bad Breath
The best way to prevent bad breath is to brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day, cleaning your tongue with a tongue scrapper and finally, flossing at least once. Doing all three can help remove as much food particles from your possible, the likely suspect whenever your breath smells bad.
If your breath still smells bad, despite following a strict oral care routine, it may be time to visit your dentist for a checkup and professional cleaning. The latter is important as it helps remove all the bacteria and plaque that your regular oral care routine at home just can’t take care of, while a thorough checkup can help in finding out the possible underlying cause for your bad breath and how to treat it.
Do not be afraid to talk to your dentist about any concerns you may have about your bad breath. Chances are, they’ve encountered worse cases in the past and they’ll gladly reassure that you can feel confident about your breath again soon enough.
If you’re concerned about your bad breath, contact Dr. Bartz at 708-430-4440 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.bartzandbartzdental.com for additional information.