You aren’t alone if you’ve ever noticed that you suffer from bad breath, also called halitosis. Most people have experienced bad breath at some point, but this condition is usually temporary. For some people, though, the condition is more persistent. It is essential to understand and address the cause of bad breath to treat it properly. There are several possible contributing factors to bad breath:
The leading cause of bad breath is gum disease. Gum disease affects the gums surrounding the teeth and leads to bleeding, swelling/inflammation, recession, bone loss, loose teeth and even tooth loss. If you have a lot of plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth, you may also have bad breath. Bacteria have a foul odour, and an increased accumulation will lead to a higher risk of bad breath. Be sure to brush your teeth twice daily, floss daily and use mouthwash daily to prevent gum disease. In addition, be sure to visit your dentist and dental hygienist routinely for check-ups and dental cleanings.
Bacteria build up on the tongue
Most people don’t think about brushing their tongue when they brush their teeth, but the tongue is a rough surface filled with thousands of taste buds and prone to trapping bacteria. You will be surprised what you can clean off of your tongue. You can brush your tongue each time you brush your teeth, and there are also specific tongue-cleaning devices you can use. There are metal and plastic tongue cleaners available. It may be a good idea to start with a plastic tongue cleaner, which will not rust, and is generally more comfortable to use than its metal counterparts.
Certain foods and drinks
Pungent foods such as onions and garlic can cause bad breath. In addition, drinks such as coffee will also lead to bad breath. If consuming these foods and beverages, brush and floss after, or at least rinse your mouth with some water after consuming them.
A dry mouth can be caused by certain medications, health conditions, smoking, drinking alcohol, and dehydration. The function of saliva is to clear and cleanse the mouth of bacteria. When there is less saliva in the mouth, bacteria are left to thrive. Be sure to inform your doctor or dentist if you constantly experience dry mouth.
Certain health conditions such as ear, nose and throat infections, gastrointestinal issues like acid reflux, diabetes and even liver/kidney disease can lead to bad breath.
Be sure to see your dentist if you are experiencing bad breath constantly. Your dentist will help you address the cause and find a solution. Please get in touch with us today to book an appointment.