Bad breath happens to everyone
You’ve been going about your day, talking to people and sharing a laugh with friends when suddenly it happens.
You get a whiff of your breath and it’s definitely not pleasant.
You brushed your teeth this morning and you didn’t eat anything to cause it to smell like that. So what gives?
Your bad breath may be a dental issue
Halitosis (also known as bad breath) can’t always be solved by swishing around some mouthwash or chewing gum.
Sometimes it’s a bigger problem that requires the expert advice of a dentist. There are different factors that contribute to your bad breath, but here are some of the most common:
You’re not brushing and flossing regularly (and properly)
It’s not enough to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once. You have to make sure you’re brushing properly and that you have the right flossing technique if you want your mouth to be as healthy as possible.
Improper brushing and flossing leaves food particles in your mouth that can cause plaque to form. When this happens, your gums can become irritated and plaque-filled pockets between your teeth and gums can develop. If not taken care of, these pockets can lead to periodontitis (gum disease) which is a whole different – and serious – issue.
Talking to your dentist or hygienist about how to effectively brush and floss your teeth is the best way to improve your oral health.
Your mouth is dry
When you have xerostomia (the official name for chronic dry mouth), your mouth isn’t producing enough saliva. Your body can’t moisten your mouth, neutralize acids caused by plaque, or wash away any dead cells that build up on your tongue, gums, and cheeks. If the cells aren’t removed, they can decompose and cause bad breath.
Drinking lots of water, chewing sugarless gum, or sucking on sugarless candy are ways to keep your mouth moist by stimulating saliva production. Look for gums and mints that contain xylitol for the best results.
You have an infection
If you constantly have a bad taste in your mouth or you notice that your breath always seems to stink no matter what you do, it may be a problem that’s developed beyond brushing and flossing regularly and eating the right foods.
Infections that may cause bad breath include oral thrush, periodontitis, and chronic acid reflux. In most cases, speaking to your dentist can help mitigate the risks associated with these infections, and possibly even treat it.
But there are some infections that are a little more serious.
Bad breath can be indicative of serious issues like liver or kidney disease, diabetes, chronic lung infections, and gastrointestinal problems. The best thing to do is speak to your dentist to rule out any dental related infections.
What is the best way to treat halitosis?
If you’re tired of letting your breath hold you back from special moments or constantly wondering if other people can smell it too, it’s time to take control of your oral health. The best way to do that is to book an appointment with Dr. Andrea Stevens.