Nobody wants to have bad breath, but oftentimes it’s tough to know if you have bad breath at the time. You might have an inkling if you just finished munching on some garlic breadsticks, but what else contributes to bad breath, and how can we treat and prevent the condition? We answer those questions in today’s blog.
Common Causes of Bad Breath
Before we explain how to prevent bad breath from occurring, we have to understand what factors can contribute to the condition. In many instances, being aware of these factors and making better lifestyle choices can help to prevent bad breath. Some common causes include:
- Foods – As we noted in the intro, some foods can give us temporary bad breath, like garlic, onions, coffee or other pungent options.
- Tobacco Products – Smoking and other tobacco products can also contribute to foul breath. Aside from leaving your breath smelling bad, tobacco can also leave you at an increased risk for cancer and gum disease, so consider cutting back or quitting the habit altogether.
- Bacteria Buildup – If you’re not following good dental hygiene practices like brushing and flossing regularly, bacteria can grow and thrive in your mouth, and this can lead to bad breath. Maintain good oral hygiene habits to reduce this cause of bad breath.
- Dental Problems – Gum disease or unaddressed cavities can be a cause of bad breath, so go to the dentist on a semi-annual basis and make sure your teeth are properly cared for.
- Dry Mouth – If your mouth isn’t producing enough saliva, which sometimes happens on its own or as a side effect of taking some medications, it can lead to dry mouth, which plays a role in the onset of bad breath.
- Diseases – Finally, certain health conditions can also lead to bad breath. Sinus infections, tonsillitis and diabetes can all lead to changes that contribute to bad breath. Talk to your doctor or dentist if you have these conditions or believe a medical issue may be behind your bad breath.
Preventing and Treating Bad Breath
As we mentioned above, you can work to prevent bad breath by being cognizant of the factors that contribute to bad breath and making some daily lifestyle changes. For example, limit pungent foods in your diet, practice good daily brushing tips, give up tobacco products and regularly visit your dentist, and you’ll reduce your risk of having bad breath.
Other ways to help prevent bad breath include:
- Chewing sugar-free gum
- Visiting a dentist if something doesn’t feel right in your mouth
- Drinking plenty of water throughout the day
- Use mouthwash
- Change medications to prevent dry mouth
If you’re concerned about your bad breath, or if you just want to have a dentist take a closer look at your mouth, reach out to Dr. Brooks’ office today.