Warning Signs and Causes of Bad Breath
Has anyone ever pulled you aside discreetly and handed you a mint because of your breath? Have you talked to someone who kept backing farther and farther away because they couldn’t stand the smell coming out of your mouth? Or worse, have you noticed an odor in your mouth and are afraid to speak for fear of knocking everyone to the ground? You may be suffering from bad breath, and while it can be a normal occurrence, it can also be a sign of a more serious issue. Below we explore the main causes of bad breath and provide tips to keep your breath feeling fresh all day long!
Bad Breath Causes:
- Dry Mouth – If you do not have enough saliva in your mouth, your mouth is not as clean as it should be, resulting in a parched feeling.
- Food – What you eat affects the air you breathe out. Take a closer look at your diet and see if you need to cut back on the garlic, onions, coffee, etc.
- Smoking and Tobacco Use – Smoking and tobacco affect your sense of smell, stain your teeth, and irritate your gums.
- Gum Disease – Poor oral healthcare leads to a buildup of tartar and plaque on the teeth and gums, leaving you with a constant bad taste in your mouth.
- Bacteria -Your mouth is filled with naturally occurring bacteria that feed off food that is left behind.
- Medical Conditions – Conditions such as sinus infections, gastric reflux, diabetes, liver or kidney disease can contribute to bad breath. Please consult your primary healthcare provider if this is the case.
Now that you’re familiar with the common causes of bad breath, check out our recommendations that will get you on your way to that fresher feeling!
Bad Breath Remedies:
- Brush, Floss, and Don’t Forget Your Tongue – Make sure to brush and floss two times a day to rid yourself of bacteria between your teeth. Brush your tongue with a toothbrush or tongue scraper to remove the brown or white coating resting on the back of the tongue.
- Rinse with Mouthwash – Mouthwash can neutralize the bacteria that causes bad breath. If the over-the-counter mouthwashes aren’t working, a doctor prescribed one may be the next step.
- Drink Water and Stay Hydrated – Drinking water often keeps your mouth from drying out because your saliva works to protect your teeth.
- Quit Smoking
- See Your Dentist – Visit your dentist at least twice a year for checkups and dental cleanings. Your dentist can assess your mouth for any issues and give you a deeper clean.
Bad breath isn’t as minor as it may seem. If you’re beginning to notice persistent and constant signs, be sure to contact O’Connor Dental Care today!