What Is Causing My Bad Breath?
Many people suffer from bad breath for a variety of reasons and are often embarrassed, so they try avoid social gatherings or being in close proximity to other people. When you have problems with bad breath, you will want to learn what is causing it so you can help feel more secure. Let’s take a look at some of the more common causes and what you can do to help reduce and potentially prevent bad breath.
1. Food and Beverages
When we eat, the food starts being broken down through chewing and the saliva in our mouths. Food particles can remain in between the teeth and along the gum line, where bacteria will start to develop. This bacteria smells and will cause our breath to smell, too. In addition, consuming certain types of foods, like onions or garlic, can cause bad breath because they already have strong odors.
With beverages, they can cause the mouth to dry out, leading to bad breath. For instance, if you drink large amounts of caffeinated beverages, you may notice your mouth feels dry all of the time. This is because caffeine is a diuretic and actually flushes water out of the body.
2. Tobacco Products
Smoking and chewing tobacco not only can cause bad breath, but also lead to other dental problems, such as irritated gums and stained teeth. The best solution is to work on trying to quit smoking or using chewing tobacco.
3. Poor Brushing and Flossing Habits
We already hinted how not brushing your teeth can leave food particles trapped in between and cause bad breath. The problem can become more problematic if you only brush once a day and never floss. Ideally, you want to brush twice a day and floss once a day before going to bed in the evening. The second brushing and flossing help remove the trapped food particles.
4. Poor Denture/Dental Appliance Cleaning
You need to clean your dentures or removable dental appliances daily to remove trapped food particles and bacteria. For permanently installed dental appliances, like dental implants, you should brush twice a day and floss once a day, just like they were your real teeth.
5. Gum Disease
Chronic bad breath that never seems to go away or dissipate could be the result of gum disease. Gum disease in an infection of the gum tissue, which causes it to become irritated, bleed easily, and eventually lead to receding gums. The bacteria found in dental plaque along the gum line can release toxins and infect the gum tissue.
6. Tooth Decay/Cavities
As a tooth decays and cavities start to form, this process can result in bad breath. If you notice your bad breath problem recently, and have minor to severe pain in one or more of your teeth, you could have a cavity.
Once the cause for your bad breath is identified through a detailed oral examination, your dentist can recommend appropriate treatment options to help reduce and possibly stop bad breath. Contact Arborg Family Dental at (204) 376-2624 to schedule a consultation appointment today!