Bad breath is something that we all have had to deal with in our lives – either wondering if our breath is fresh or wincing at the smell of another’s. You might think brushing your teeth or using mouthwash is enough to control your bad breath, but there are many causes of bad breath—and some may require professional attention.
The important thing to remember is that bad breath is a symptom. It can be difficult to pin down the exact reason for bad breath without reflecting on your day to day routine and how you take care of your body. First you should think about what you are eating. Also, certain fruits and vegetables (most notably onions and garlic) cause bad breath by way of digestion. As these foods are carried through your bloodsteam after being digested they ultimately wind up in your lungs and cause bad breath.
As previously mentioned, food is not the only cause of bad breath. Anyone can attest that being sick does not leave your mouth tasting very fresh and it certainly does not smell fresh either! Any infections in your sinus that cause dripping into the back of your throat can affect your breath.
Medications that you take which could cause dry mouth will also lead to bad breath. This is because your saliva helps to wash away any leftover food particles in your mouth, and without that saliva bacteria will begin to break down the particles of food which sours your breath.
Bacteria are actually the most common cause of bad breath. The presence of anaerobic bacteria, which use sulfur rather than oxygen to process food, can lead to chronic bad breath. Some of these bacteria stick to your teeth, often between your teeth and around the gum line. Others may colonize your tonsils in what are often called “tonsil stones.” Anaerobic bacteria can even colonize the inside of your teeth, causing an abscessed tooth which can not only lead to bad breath, but may put your tooth—and even your life—at risk.
The use of tobacco products can damage salivary glands, leading to dry mouth and bad breath. Considering tobacco use also causes many health problems in your mouth and beyond, including receding gums, tooth loss, and lung cancer, bad breath is just one of many reasons to stop using tobacco.
The best way to combat bad breath is to practice good dental hygiene. This includes brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash. If you are having difficulty practicing good brushing then you may want to try using an electric toothbrush. Removing any bacterial build up on your tongue using a tongue scraper or tongue brush is also recommended. Scheduling a routine clean up with your dentist is always going to be the best line of defense against bad breath.
In addition to good dental hygiene it is important to drink a lot of water. This will not only help to flush food particles out of your mouth, but will also improve the strength of your teeth. Certain foods, as previously mentioned, affect the smell of your breath and overall dental health.
Take the first steps in regaining your confidence and defeat bad breath today! Please call 509-368-7788 (Spokane) or 509-228-3998 (Spokane Valley) for an appointment with a dentist at Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics today.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-368-7788