Bad breath is an issue that all people experience every so often. Foods that you choose, personal habits, and other factors can determine how your breath smells from day to day.
However, there are many people who suffer from chronic bad breath that inhibits their professional and social lives. Your dentist is your greatest advocate in dealing with bad breath and finding successful methods to improve your oral predicament.
The Tobacco Factor
Bad breath is often caused by choices that you make day in and day out. If you use any type of tobacco product, now is the time to quit. Tobacco products are well known for the damage that they cause to the mouth and rest of the body. On top of that, tobacco has its own strong scent that lingers behind after any usage. The strong smell of tobacco added onto the damage that it causes inside the mouth, and you have a condition of bad breath that will only get worse over time. By choosing to stop all usage of tobacco products, you will be dealing with bad breath at one of its main sources and reversing its effects. Other choices that you make also contribute to bad breath.
Food and beverage choices have scents that linger far past the act of consumption. Coffee, alcohol, wine, garlic, onions, and certain cheeses are all notorious for their lingering scents. Avoiding these foods and beverages completely is the only way to prevent them from causing bad breath, yet that is not always an ideal solution. Therefore, if you frequently drink coffee or indulge in other “stinky” foods and/or beverages, it is highly advised that you carry a toothbrush, tooth paste, and mouthwash with you. A quick brush and rinse can go a long way in freshening your mouth and dealing with bad breath.
Saliva, Dry Mouth, and Oral Hygiene
Other factors that contribute to bad breath include dehydration, poor oral hygiene, and dirty oral appliances. A dry mouth is a constantly dirty mouth. Saliva is necessary in helping to rinse away bacteria-laden plaque that builds up on your teeth throughout any given day. If your mouth is dry, there is an insufficient amount of saliva and an overabundance of smelly plaque.
The same plaque that develops on your teeth also develops on oral appliances. Cleaning your oral appliances before putting them back into your mouth is necessary to maintain good oral hygiene. Of course, it all begins with having a clean mouth in the first place. Proper oral hygiene is essential in keeping the mouth as clean as possible. Flossing daily and brushing your teeth at least twice a day is imperative to dealing with bad breath and keeping your mouth healthy.
If you are plagued by bad breath, contact Gastonia Family Dentistry today.