Bad breath is never fun to have, but did you know it could also be a sign of other health problems or poor dental health habits in general? Knowing what’s causing your bad breath and ways to fight it can be the key to eliminating your awkward social situations and hopefully preventing other health problems.
What You Eat Affects Your Breath
This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but what you eat directly affects the way your breath smells. Foods with strong odors such as garlic or onions are known for this but coffee and other strong drinks may also have a similar effect. Brushing, flossing, sugar-free gum and mouthwash are good for covering the odor temporarily, but the smell could still linger until the foods have completely left your system.
Poor Habits Can Cause Bad Breath
If you neglect everyday dental health basics it can definitely negatively affect your breath. Make sure you are flossing and brushing daily to remove food particles that get stuck in between teeth and gums and on your tongue. Antibacterial mouth rinses can also help to reduce bacteria.
Beyond dental hygiene, smoking and chewing tobacco also cause bad breath in addition to all of the other dangers associated with tobacco products.
Health Problems Associated with Bad Breath
If you experience bad breath on a regular basis or have a bad taste in your mouth, it could be the sign of a more serious issue. Gum (periodontal) disease can be caused by a buildup of plaque on your teeth. This excess bacterium can create toxins that irritate gums and, if left untreated, may damage gums and the jawbone.
Other dental causes of bad breath include ill-fitting dental appliances, cavities, or dry mouth. Dry mouth may be a side effect of medications you’re taking, salivary gland problems, or constantly breathing through your mouth. A variety of other illnesses and diseases also cause bad breath and can be diagnosed by your regular doctor.
While there are many possible causes of bad breath, most cases are usually harmless and can be solved just by being more thorough with your oral health routine. If you are concerned there could be another underlying issue at play, reach out to our office to schedule an appointment!