We all have bad breath from time to time. It can be embarrassing in both business and social situations. Finding and avoiding bad breath triggers can make the problem less likely to happen to you.
Food Triggers – Onions, garlic, coffee, and sugary drinks cause bad breath but even vegetables like cabbage add to the problem. The bad breath caused by some foods sticks with you even after you have brushed your teeth because of the chemicals absorbed in your bloodstream and the digestive process itself.
Poor Oral Hygiene Trigger – Decaying food particles that have not been cleaned from the mouth are a feast for your oral bacteria (and the whole idea sounds kind of nasty). When you exhale the odor from decomposing food, bacteria and the plaque on your teeth can get really foul. Proper brushing and flossing can take care of this – ask your hygienist to show you proper techniques for both at your next visit.
Oral Disease Triggers – Gum disease is responsible for most chronic, severe bad breath. The same bacteria that cause gum disease and cavities are responsible for your halitosis.
Smoking Trigger – There are over 4,000 chemicals in the average cigarette and 200 of those are poisonous. Is it any wonder that smoking is bad for you? Inhaling this stuff makes your breath stink and contributes to gum disease which means even worse breath. This is another situation where part of the problem comes from the chemicals in your bloodstream.
Dry Mouth Trigger – Xerostomia, also known as “dry mouth” is a condition that reduces the amount of saliva you produce. Saliva is important for a healthy mouth because it rinses away food particles and helps remineralize your teeth. Without the cleansing effects of saliva the food debris stays in the mouth and is attacked by bacteria causing an unpleasant odor. This condition can be a side effect of certain types of medicines or may be a sign of a more serious condition.
Medical Condition Triggers – Medical issues including sinus infections, diabetes and even kidney failure can cause your breath odor to change. If you have good oral hygiene habits, visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings but suddenly develop bad breath you should visit your physician.
Treating bad breath includes brushing and flossing regularly. Invest in a tongue scraper and use it every day. Scraping your tongue will remove odor causing bacteria living there. Regular visits for professional dental cleanings will make sure that oral bacteria that cause bad breath are kept in check.
Fun fact – Did you know that 3pm is the time that bad breath is at its worst for most of us?
Please contactDr. Mark Levy in Columbus, OH today at 614-476-6696 to schedule your next hygiene appointment. Clean teeth and fresh breath go hand in hand.