What's Causing Your Bad Breath?

Monday, August 31st, 2015, 5:48 pm

Bad breath affects all of us at one time or another. Whether your bad breath is a temporary problem or chronic it can cause embarrassment and anxiety. The amount of money we spend each year trying to “fix” bad breath is estimated in the billions of dollars. Unfortunately, many of these products can actually make the problem worse.

The first step to solving your bad breath problem is discovering the cause. Some people worry too much about mouth odor when there really isn’t a problem, and on the other end of the spectrum are those that are completely oblivious. Here are a few causes of bad breath:

  • Food — Onions, garlic, alcohol and even coffee can give us bad breath but it is usually temporary.
  • Tobacco products — Smoking or using oral tobacco products always cause bad breath, and they leave you more susceptible to gum disease.
  • Poor oral hygiene habits — Brushing and flossing are vital to fresh, clean breath.
  • Dry mouth — People with dry mouth often experience more bad breath than others because of the lack of saliva cleansing the mouth.
  • Oral infections — An abscessed tooth, gum disease or mouth sores can cause terrible mouth odors.
  • Medical conditions — Some medical conditions like GERD and diabetes can cause bad breath. Infections of the sinuses, throat, postnasal drip or tonsil stones cause odors.

The first step in overcoming bad breath is to check your dental hygiene. Do you brush twice each day and floss at least once per day? How long has it been since you visited the dentist for a professional dental cleaning. If you aren’t brushing and flossing well, it is time to schedule a visit to your dental hygienist. Start your new dental hygiene schedule with squeaky clean teeth and gums! As a bonus, the dental examination will uncover any possible infections that could be causing your bad breath. Treating any underlying infections should sweeten your breath.

If your dental hygiene is good and your gums and teeth are healthy then it might be time to schedule a visit to your physician to rule out any underlying medical cause, although this is rare.

You can help avoid bad breath by brushing and flossing, remember to brush your tongue. If you can’t brush after a meal try chewing a sugar-free gum to help clean your teeth. Avoid mouth rinses and mints that contain sugar which will only feed the oral bacteria and make the problem worse!

Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-391-8777 to schedule your next visit.




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