Do you feel like no matter how much you brush or swish with mouthwash you are always self-conscious of your breath? Halitosis, also known as bad breath, can be caused by a variety of things and figuring out the cause will help you find a solution. According to American Breath Specialists it is estimated that over 60 million people in the US will suffer from chronic halitosis.
Bad breath can be caused by internal and external factors. External factors would include the types of food you eat such as onions, garlic, fish, etc. The Colgate website has some great tips, including keeping a log of foods you eat to help determine if what you consume may causing your bad breath. According to the doctors at Goldenberg Dentistry, tobacco and alcohol can also lead to bad breath.
The American Dental Association provides information explaining that bacteria in our mouth may be the cause of bad breath. We have hundreds of types of bacteria that reside in our mouths and feed on the food left behind after we eat. They produce a bad smelling waste if not removed by rinsing with water or brushing after a meal.
Do you ever feel your mouth is dry? Dr. Goldenberg explains that medications, mouth breathing or a salivary gland issues may be affecting your ability to produce enough saliva. Saliva helps to wash your mouth of food and bacteria and also has protective factors to prevent cavities. Chewing sugar-free gum after eating or sucking on sugar-free candies can help stimulate more saliva flow. Goldenberg Dentistry offers Ice Chips Xylitol candies which not only help produce more saliva, but prevent cavities too.
An easy way to combat bad breath is to brush twice a day and floss once a day. That will ensure you are removing the plaque that forms on your teeth. Dr. Goldenberg also wants you to remember to regularly clean your tongue. Bad breath bacteria form a white or brown coating at the back of your tongue. This can be removed with a toothbrush or tongue scraper.
If your bad breath or bad taste won’t go away even after brushing and flossing, you may be suffering from gum disease. It is important to visit Goldenberg Dentistry twice a year for an examination and cleaning. At the appointment, your dentist or hygienist will assess your gum health and determine if you have dry mouth. If you suffer from either, they will make recommendations how to treat both before they become more serious.
If your dentist rules out any of the above causes, you may have a medical condition that is causing bad breath. Diabetes, gastric reflux, or sinus conditions are all internal causes of bad breath. If this is the case, it is important to see your medical doctor as soon as possible.
If you feel you have bad breath or want a dental consultation, make your appointment with the team at Goldenberg Dentistry today!