Bad breath can be embarrassing and affect your self esteem. If you suffer from bad breath, Niles Family Dentistry is here for you.
While no one wants to have bad breath, sometimes certain conditions, medications, and foods can make it hard to rid yourself of unpleasant lingering odors. If you have found yourself with bad breath recently, keep reading to find what the cause could be and what you can do at home, and in the dental office, to get rid of the odor once and for all.
Causes of Bad Breath
Bad breath, a condition also known as halitosis, can be embarrassing and a condition that you want to remedy as soon as possible. Halitosis is a common issue that has a number of potential causes and treatments. In fact, it’s estimated that 1 in 4 people frequently have bad breath and it’s the third most common reason that patients seek dental care. Medical News Today reports that potential causes of bad breath can include:
- Tobacco products. These products cause their own types of mouth odor. Further, they increase the likelihood of gum disease which can also contribute to bad breath.
- Food. When food breaks down and particles get stuck in the teeth, odor can occur. Additionally, certain foods like onions and garlic are also infamous for causing bad breath.
- Dry mouth. Saliva naturally cleanses the mouth, so if you suffer from dry mouth odor can build up.
- Dental hygiene. Brushing and flossing to remove food from the surface and from in-between the teeth can help freshen breath, however, without proper hygiene these food particles can build up and produce a smell.
- Crash diets. Fasting and trying low-carb diets can cause bad breath. This is due to the breakdown of fats producing chemicals called ketones, which have a strong odor.
- Drugs. Certain medications can cause dry mouth, increasing odors. Other medicines can produce odors as they break down and release chemicals in the breath.
- Mouth, nose, and throat conditions. Sometimes, small bacteria-covered stones can form on the tonsils and produce odor. Further, infections and inflammation in the nose, throat, or sinuses can cause bad breath.
- Foreign body. Bad breath can also happen if a person has a foreign body loved in their nasal cavity, especially in children.
- Diseases. Certain conditions, like cancer, liver failure, and other metabolic diseases, can cause bad breath because of the specific mixes of chemicals they produce.
In addition to these common causes, there are more rare causes of halitosis, which include:
- Bowel obstruction
- Aspiration pneumonia
Treatment of Bad Breath
If you suffer from bad breath, there are a number of different treatment options. There are things you can do from the comfort of your own home, however, if your case is more intensive you might need to seek help from your dentist. Mayo Clinic explains that to treat your bad breath, your options include:
- Practicing good oral hygiene to lower your risk of gum disease and avoid cavities.
- Use mouth rinses and toothpastes designed to kill bacteria that cause bad breath.
- Treatment of disease, if you have a gum disease or faulty teeth your dentist might recommend alternative treatments that can help these conditions and relieve your bad breath.
- Brushing your teeth after eating with a toothpaste that has antimicrobial properties to reduce bad breath.
- Floss once a day to remove food and plaque stuck between the teeth that can buildup and cause odor.
- Brush your tongue because your tongue can hold bacteria.
- Clean dentures or other dental appliances thoroughly at least once a day or as directed by your dentist.
- Avoid dry mouth by stopping use of tobacco products and drinking plenty of water. Chewing sugar-free gum can help stimulate saliva without causing cavities.
- Adjust your diet to avoid foods like onions and garlic that can cause bad breath.
- Replace your toothbrush regularly, ideally every 3 to 4 months.
- Schedule regular dental checkups to have your teeth thoroughly cleaned and examined.
Schedule an Appointment with Niles Family Dentistry
If you suffer from bad breath, let Dr. Ashley Niles and our team at Niles Family Dentistry get to the bottom of your condition today. We will examine all the hard and soft tissues of the mouth to find what the cause of your bad breath seems to be. Good oral health is important to your overall well-being. Daily preventative care, including proper brushing and flossing, can help fight bad breath and other dental health issues before they develop. To fight bad breath, make an appointment with us today by calling (720)-744-0001.