Are you suffering from a case of bad breath? Are you desperately trying to find what’s causing this and how to cure it? While it’s true that bad breath, or medically termed “halitosis”, can be a result of poor oral hygiene and leaving food stuck in your teeth, but it can also simply be a result of your body’s inability to properly digest certain foods. Other possible causes of bad breath include certain health issues, such as the kidney failure, pneumonia, and bowel obstruction as well.
What is the Actual Cause of Bad Breath?
The digestion process begins the moment you take a bite of food and begin to chew it. This starts the whole chain of events to break down your food. These tiny particles of food can be removed with frequent tooth brushing and flossing. However, if you do not brush your teeth regularly, these food particles will remain in your mouth and will cause bacterial growth between the teeth, on the tongue, and around the gums. If not removed, these decaying food particles will continue to breakdown in your mouth emitting a bad odor and bad breath.
Top Contributors to Bad Breath
Food: The breakdown of the food causes odors. Some strong foods such as garlic and onion can cause bad breath. Even after digestion, these particles can continue to affect breath.
Tobacco: Tobacco is one of the main substances that can cause stale breath. Both smoking and chewing tobacco increases the possibility of tooth decay, gum disease, and even oral cancers. The bi-product of each of these is bad breath!
Crash diets: Low-Carbohydrate Diet or Fasting. Strict dieting causes the body to burn its’ fat stores, which produces ketones as a by-product. The build up of ketones can result in a bad taste in your mouth and unpleasant breath.
Dry Mouth: Dry mouth is another reason for bad breath. The saliva of your mouth cleans the mouth naturally. If it is eliminated due to a disease or condition, bad breath can be the result.
Oral Hygiene: If you floss and brush your teeth regularly, it will go a long way to remove the small particles lodged in your teeth that can cause bad breath. If you do not brush your teeth regularly, a build up of bacteria and plaque cause bad breath and tooth decay.
Medication: Certain medications can cause bad breath. These medications decrease the production of saliva and that leads to a bad odor.
Health Complications: Some health complications like cancer, metabolic diseases, and liver failure can definitely contribute to halitosis.
How to Eliminate Bad Breath
Just because you may be prone towards having unpleasant breath, you are not doomed for life! Fortunately, there are many steps that you can take! It is important to follow a healthy oral practice to treat halitosis naturally. To restore fresh breath, please consider the following preventive measures:
Set up a Good Oral Hygiene Routine. Follow this basic rule: Brush your teeth twice in a day, once in the morning and once at the bedtime. Remember to also brush your tongue as you brush your teeth. This will eliminate bacteria build-up on your tongue.
Use Mouthwash: Rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash periodically through the day. This will fight the bacteria in your mouth and also make your mouth feel fresh.
Floss your Teeth Daily: This will remove food particles from your teeth and help keep your gums healthy.
Drink Enough Water: To avoid dry mouth, you should drink a lot of water. You can also chew gum to stimulate the production of the saliva that will fight bad breath.
Avoid Certain Foods: Some foods create bad breath, such as garlic and onions. These foods can precipitate a bad taste in your mouth for several hours after eating them.
Stop Smoking/Chewing Tobacco: Smoking is one of the main causes of bad breath. If you want a permanent solution to this problem, you must stop smoking.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly: Make plans to visit a reputable dentist, such as Dr. Halina Montano, at least every 6 months. Consistent dental cleanings will go a long way to keep your teeth and gums healthy and eliminate any build-up that causes bad breath.
Halitosis can be cured. You just need to follow a healthy oral practice to make it easy and successful! Consistency is the key! HSM Dental Group can help give you that sparkling smile and fresh breath you’ve been dreaming of! Take a few moments to schedule your appointment today by calling 561-232-2070. You’ll be glad you did!