Most people wake up with bad breath, also known as halitosis, from time to time. In this case, bad breath is normal due to the bacteria that grows in the mouth overnight. But if bad breath becomes persistent or is unaffected by brushing and flossing, however, it may be a symptom of a more serious problem. Fortunately, by understanding what causes bad breath and what the symptoms are, you and your dentist can effectively prevent and treat halitosis.
A lot of factors can cause bad breath: bacteria, poor oral hygiene, medication, drinks and food. For instance, meals containing a lot of garlic are more likely to give bad breath. Drinks such as coffee or alcohol can also influence your breath. We would like to remind you that neglecting to brush your teeth and flossing daily can contribute to mouth bacteria proliferation. These bacteria can lead to dental plaque and thus bad breath. Furthermore, some medications inhibit saliva production or cause gingivitis, also associated with bad breath.
The collection of bacteria and their by-products on the teeth is commonly referred to as plaque. If plaque is allowed to remain in the mouth for too long, the minerals from the saliva cause it to harden, forming what is known as tartar. The accumulation of either plaque or tartar can lead to red, tender, spongy and swollen gums that bleed easily . Therefore , it is important to remove any build-up on the teeth at regular intervals.
If your bad breath is caused by non-medical factors, following a couple of steps daily can help in reducing it:
- After a meal containing food that causes bad breath, eat something rich in chlorophyll like parsley, cinnamon, or cloves. Eating sugar-free gum can also be a good option;
- Brush your teeth after each meal or at least two times/day. Flossing daily and using an alcohol-free mouthwash can also help;
- See a dentist at least once or twice a year for thorough teeth cleaning;
- Drink a lot of water.
Fresh Breath Life benefits
- Fresh breath gives you confidence in social situations.
- Indicates good oral health and clean teeth.
- Healthy gums.
Halitosis and Bad Breath treatment FAQ,s:
- Is halitosis the same as when people have garlic or onion breath?
You can get transient bad breath from your diet, such as regularly eating lots of garlic and onions, however most dietary causes can be masked by mouthwashes or mints. True halitosis is caused by bacteria which produces gases that smell similar to rotten eggs.
- How can I be certain I have bad breath ?
Since it is almost impossible to smell your own bad breath, simply ask a friend or family member. Alternatively, you can try two simple tests. Firstly, take a piece of unwaxed, unflavoured floss and move it between one of your back teeth – wait 30 seconds and then smell it to see if the odour is bad. Secondly, lick your wrist, wait a short while and then smell it to test the odour.
These tips are a good way to start fighting bad breath. If the issue remains, see your dentist promptly. If you need bad breath treatment, be sure to get in touch with Lane Ends Dental Practice. Their kind and professional team will sit down with you, evaluate your condition, and suggest appropriate treatments to fight bad breath. You can also visit their website to see the different dental care they offer.