Here at Weston Dental Specialists, we see many patients that complain about bad breath and want to know how they can prevent it. In fact, experts suggest that more than 80 million people suffer from bad breath related to the state of their oral health. However, although it may seem like a simple inconvenience, bad breath could be a warning sign of some major oral health issues.
You may not even think about it, but that nasty taste in your mouth could be a warning sign of a serious problem with your oral health. Unfortunately, problems like gum disease, tooth decay, periodontal disease, sinus infections, yeast growth, and poorly fitting dental appliances can also cause bad breath. That is why it is so critical to see your dentist regularly.
Dental check-ups are a critical part of preventative care because they can help patients detect underlying oral health problems, reduce plaque on your teeth, and decrease bacteria build-up in your mouth. Dentists can also help determine the true source of your bad breath, recommend special products to eliminate foul odors in your mouth, and recommend additional specialists if your bad breath is not related to your oral health.
You may not be aware, but saliva can help your mouth naturally combat bad breath. In fact, healthy saliva can keep oral odors at bay by washing away food particles and dangerous bacteria from your mouth and the spaces between teeth. This is why it is so important to keep the tissues in your mouth sufficiently moist by drinking enough water and using lubricant mouthwashes if necessary. Additionally, one of the reasons we have “morning breath” is because saliva production slows and bacteria can grow inside the mouth while we sleep. This makes brushing or drinking water first thing in the morning even more important.
Bacteria, left-over food particles, and poor oral hygiene are usually the main causes of chronic mouth odor. Once food particles sit for a period of time in the mouth, they produce a sulfur odor, as well as an increased risk of tooth decay. This is why it is very important to keep your mouth clean and free of food particles. Not to worry though! Brushing and flossing can get your oral health back on track and help reduce that nasty taste in your mouth.
Foods with powerful odors could also be causing your bad breath. Strong foods like onions, peppers, and garlic can stay on your breath for days after they have been ingested. This is due in large part to the fact that odors from foods and drinks do not go away until the foods have been completely digested. Consequently, fouls odors stay on your breath for up to three days after consumption. Some additional causes of halitosis could be post-nasal drip, acid reflux, liver or kidney problems, diabetes, dry mouth, bronchitis, or pneumonia.
The best way to fight halitosis is by brushing your teeth, flossing, and using a good quality mouthwash every day. Some other ways to fight halitosis are:
The answer to this is yes and no. If your bad breath is caused by lack of moisture or food particles left in your mouth, then gum could be an effective way to increase saliva in your mouth and wash away odor causing bacteria. However, if your bad breath is caused by something else, gum will not be effective in eliminating your bad breath. So give gum a try, but if your bad breath continues, please see your doctor for further direction.
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