February 13, 2019
Bad breath? You are not alone! Everyone been there! It can be totally embarrassing and send out a not so nice message to people you're close to (or want to be close to.) But what causes it? Understanding what causes bad breath can help you prevent it and the embarrassment that often comes with it. Keep reading to learn more about what causes bad breath and quit being afraid of repelling those closest to you.
What Causes Bad Breath?
Bad Breath is also called halitosis, bad breath can be instigated by a number of culprits.
Food. Some of the foods we choose, even yummy and healthy ones can give our breath a temporary odor that could repel anyone who dares come close. Garlic, onions, coffee, spicy or fragrant foods can leave your mouth less than kissable fresh. Brush your teeth! Chew sugar-free gum (xylitol is our favorite sweetener), or use mouthwash to rinse away food particles and freshen up!
Tobacco. It's still not cool! Smoking and tobacco use not only cause bad breath, they can cause cellular changes that can lead to oral cancers. They stain teeth, and no one likes cheddar choppers. Often gum irritation can lead to recession of the tissue and eventually bone or even tooth loss. Blood flow and the ability for the bodies natural defenses to work in the mouth are also taxed making smokers more prone to oral infections, gum disease, and dental decay. Consider a tobacco free lifestyle to reduce the negative effects on your body and social life.
Dental issues. Bad breath can be caused by periodontal disease (gum disease) or cavities. Crowded teeth or poor-fitting dental appliances can also cause bad breath. Come see us to rule out any oral care issues as a cause.
Bacteria. Without proper brushing, flossing, and regular visits to Parkcenter Smiles (or your dentist) harmful bacteria is not being removed from your mouth. The build-up of this sticky flesh eating bacteria can lead to bad breath. By following the ADA recommendation of brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and routine visits to the dentist, you can keep bacteria in check.
Dry mouth. Saliva is the miracle cleansing fluid of the mouth. Lack of saliva creates dry mouth, which may be a side effect of medications, smoking, or mouth breathing or it could be a symptom of a sneaky underlying health concern. Talk to Dr. Roseann, Brandi, or Mary about dry mouth for the best remedies for both dry mouth and resulting bad breath.
Disease. Sinus infections, tonsillitis, respiratory issues and even diabetes can result in bad breath. Your doctor may prescribe medication for these conditions which may make dry mouth, and resulting bad breath worse. Talk to your doctor if you notice dry mouth after starting a new medication.
Addressing Bad Breath
Once you understand what’s causing bad breath it becomes easier to address. The best way to discover the underlying reason for bad breath is being honest about your lifestyle and habits with both Dr. Roseann and your doctor to create the best approach to ridding yourself of the problem. Often times bad breath can be avoided by living a tobacco free life, keeping a good oral health care routine (brushing twice a day and flossing once a day) and of course seeing YOUR TEAM at Parkcenter Smiles at least twice a year.
Until next time, smell ya later! (but hopefully not) --Dental Angels