How Do I get Rid of Bad Breath?
When you’ve been in the dental industry for some time, you begin to notice that many patients ask the same questions. One question that we get quite often is “How do I get rid of my bad breath?”
We know how embarrassing bad breath can be in social situations so we’ve taken the time to pinpoint the root of the problem when it comes to bad breath.
What is Bad Breath?
If you suffer from halitosis, the medical term for bad breath, you are not alone. Over 80 million people experience the same problem. Halitosis is caused by a build up of bacteria in the mouth. This causes decay and decay produces a sulfur compound that smells bad, causing bad breath.
What Causes Bad Breath?
There are a number of things that can cause bad breath. One problem that is unavoidable is the type of foods that you eat. When you eat more “smelly” foods like garlic and onions, their scent will stay with you. The particles of food that stay in your mouth can linger and cause bad breath. However, even if you brush your teeth, you can usually still smell the food until it passes through your system.
Another issue that can result in bad breath is poor oral hygiene. If you do not brush or floss regularly, this can result in food particles staying in your mouth and producing odor-causing bacteria. Gum disease is another consequence of poor oral hygiene. Gum disease is caused by the build up of plaque on your teeth and can lead to unpleasant breath.
If you suffer from the medical condition xerostomia, or dry mouth, this can cause halitosis as well. Saliva is needed to rinse the bacteria out of your mouth. It also helps to neutralize odors. So, if you have a poor saliva flow, the bacteria stay on your teeth, cheeks, and tongue, and can cause odors. Dry mouth can be caused by some medications, genetics, or breathing through your mouth.
Other issues that result in bad breath include:
- Sinus infections
- Acid reflux
- Live/kidney problems
How Do I Get Rid of Bad Breath?
Obviously, healthy oral hygiene can prevent smelly breath. Brush and floss at least twice a day to remove food particles and bacteria. Rinsing with an antibacterial mouth rinse can reduce odor-causing bacteria. Visiting your dentist regularly can also help to get rid of bad breath.
If you smoke, quitting smoking can help with halitosis. Additionally, drinking a lot of water helps wash away bacteria. Any activity that stimulates the flow of saliva helps rid the mouth of bacteria (i.e. chewing gum and eating hard sugarless candy).
For more information on controlling bad breath, visit us at Belmont Dental Care or call us today at (480) 609-0050.
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