Understanding the causes can help you confidently get rid of bad breath. Generally, bad breath (also called halitosis) isn’t serious. In most cases it’s caused by poor dental hygiene but can also be caused by bits of food that get caught between the teeth and on the tongue or gum disease.
Reasons for Bad breath:
- Food and Drink – Strong smelling food such as garlic, onions, some milk-based products (cheese) and coffee may be detected on a person’s breath for up to 72 hours after digestion.
- Not flossing – Small particles of food that get stuck between your teeth and around your gums. Hard to reach places that toothbrushes can’t reach. When food particles are left behind, they collect bacteria, which in turn causes bad breath and plaque.
- Tongue Bacteria – Bacterial growth on the tongue accounts for 80-90 percent of all cases of mouth-related bad breath.
- Smoking – Smoking leaves particles in the throat and lungs. This is typical of nearly any tobacco product that involves inhaling smoke or rolling it around in the mouth. The smell of a freshly smoked cigarette can linger in the lungs for hours, hence the stale scent associated with smoker’s breath
Getting Rid of Bad Breath
- Brush your teeth twice a day
- See you dentist twice a year
- Use Mouthwash
- Chew sugar-free gum
- Brush your tongue
- Quit smoking
If your bad breath persists after making such changes, see your dentist. If your dentist suspects a more serious condition is causing your bad breath. They will likely smell both the breath from your mouth and the breath from your nose and rate the odor on a scale. Because the back of the tongue is most often the source of the smell, your dentist may also scrape it and rate its odor. If they find something more serious you will likely be prescribed a mouth wash to control the bacteria in the mouth. If your dentist discovers that you have gum disease, you may be referred to a gum specialist (periodontist). Gum disease can cause the gums to pull away from the teeth, leaving deep pockets that accumulate odor-causing bacteria. Sometimes these bacteria can be removed by a professional teeth cleaning. Your dentist might also recommend replacing faulty tooth restorations, which can be a breeding ground for bacteria.
After trying a few of these and you see that bad breath gets worse or is no improving contact Dr. Chauvins office today.