Bad Breath / Halitosis
Bad breath is also referred to as halitosis and is usually a result of poor oral health and the type of food consumed. Some bad breath is temporary and may go away when certain foods are avoided, but if you experience halitosis frequently, there may be other factors involved.
Some people may think they have bad breath but they actually do not, while others may not even realize that their breath is not fresh. Since it can be difficult to know if you have bad breath, it is best to ask people you trust, to give you their input.
How Does Food Make An Impact?
When you eat food, the chewing motion breaks the food down so that it can be swallowed and digested. Once the foods are digested, they are released into the bloodstream, which makes it way to your lungs and affects your breath. Certain foods like onions, garlic and certain spices will affect your breath right away as you chew and eat them. Brushing, flossing and using mouthwash can help to temporarily mask the smell. To truly be rid of the odour however, the food needs to be passed through your body.
Poor Oral Care Also Affects Your Breath
Failure to brush and floss your teeth at least daily, can cause bad breath as well. Leftover food particles can remain between teeth and under the gums, if they are not removed with regular brushing and flossing. Regular cleaning of the tongue will also affect the freshness of your breath. The tongue has many areas where bacteria can dwell and release odours. Using a tongue cleaner is generally better than using a toothbrush to clean your tongue.
Infections of the mouth can also cause halitosis. If you experience pain in your mouth that is severe or lasts for more than a few days, see your dentist.
Does Your Mouth Often Feel Dry?
Bad breath can also be the result of having a dry mouth or suffering from xerostomia. Dry mouth can be caused by certain medications or medical issues. If you do not eat regularly, you may find that your mouth is dry as well. If drinking more water throughout the day does not help help, talk to your doctor and dentist.
Tobacco Products Affects More Than Just Your Breath
Smoking tobacco products produces a repugnant odour right away. Tobacco products also cause staining of the teeth, which makes plaque buildup easier. All of these things lead to bad breath, gum disease and bone loss.
GERD, which stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease, can also produce bad breath. Let your dentist or dental hygienist know of any medications or medical conditions that you may have.
Contact us if you suffer from frequent bad breath or dry mouth.