Get rid of your bad breath once and for all.
Have you ever wondered if your breath walks into a room before you do? While it can be embarrassing, this is a condition everyone experiences at some point in their lives! Whether you’ve just eaten an onion-loaded hot dog or you’re suffering from a rough case of morning breath, there will inevitably be plenty of times when you’re less than minty fresh. At the same time, we’ve all been near someone whose breath has caused us to do a double-take.
However, have you noticed that your bad breath tends to linger? No matter how many different kinds of toothpaste or mouthwashes you try, you can’t shake that icky feeling in your mouth that tends to make others stand back when you speak.
Today, we’re taking a look at a few of the most common culprits that contribute to this condition. When you know what’s going on, you’re better prepared to tackle it at the source.
Underlying Causes of Bad Breath
You might think your bad breath is an issue you can tackle on your own at home. Yet, you could spend a small fortune on off-the-shelf products that only mask the true problem. No one wants to pop mints every hour or worry about their breath all of the time. Your dentist can help walk you through potential causes that could be causing your dilemma so you can get to the root cause of it. Let’s take a look at some of the areas they might explore.
Poor Oral Health
Both your dentist and the American Dental Association (ADA) recommend you brush and floss twice daily and visit your local office for routine, preventive cleanings and exams at least every six months.
Have you been following an at-home dental care routine? If not, your breath could be telling on you. Most bad breath can be traced back to poor oral hygiene. If you allow food and sticky drinks to linger on your teeth, those particles can decay and encourage the buildup of smelly bacteria, or plaque. At the same time, both your tongue and tonsils can also trap food particles and bacteria, exacerbating your bad breath.
Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease caused by a buildup of plaque and decay on your teeth. This condition can cause your gums to become inflamed, which can contribute to your bad breath.
Your dentist can examine your teeth and gums to determine if you’re in the early stages of gingivitis. If so, they can provide a professional dental cleaning to remove all traces of plaque, tartar, and other bacterial products. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress into a more severe and painful form of gum disease known as periodontitis.
Have you ever woken up and felt like you had a mouth full of cotton balls? Especially if you tend to breathe through your mouth at night, dry mouth can be an uncomfortable but very real reality.
You see, your saliva plays a very important role, even if you don’t think much about it. It serves as your mouth’s built-in washing machine, working to remove the stubborn food particles that can lead to bad breath. If your natural saliva production slows down or stops altogether, you’ll feel it. You’ll also smell it.
Your body naturally lowers its saliva production while you sleep. You might also notice that your mouth feels dry when you drink alcohol in excess because alcohol temporarily slows your saliva production. In addition, certain prescription medications will include dry mouth as a side effect.
However, if you find that this is a persistent problem that doesn’t go away after you brush in the morning, you can speak to your dentist about dry mouth treatments.
Yes, there are certain types of foods and drinks that can make your breath smell worse than others. For instance, you already know to avoid coffee and garlic right before a big presentation! However, ongoing bad breath could point to a more serious gastrointestinal issue than simply what you ate for lunch.
Sometimes, there can be underlying digestive concerns behind the odor. For instance, the following conditions are linked to an uptick in bad breath:
- Bowel disorders
- Poor digestion
- Acid reflux
If you find it difficult to comfortably digest your food, you might notice that you tend to belch frequently. When this happens, the odors of the foods you recently consumed can travel back up your esophagus. In addition to feeling a burning sensation, you’ll also notice the unpleasant stench.
Serious Health Conditions
In addition to digestive issues, bad breath can also be your body’s way of signaling that there’s a more serious health condition going on. In fact, this condition can be a symptom or side effect of a variety of diseases or illnesses, including:
- Respiratory infections
- Tonsil infections
- Postnasal drip
- Sinus issues
- Liver and kidney issues
- Some blood disorders
Your dentist can help you determine if you need to visit your primary care physician as a recommended next step to help pinpoint what’s causing your bad breath. This is one sign that’s too prominent and important to ignore.
Finally, it goes without saying that tobacco use can wreak havoc on your overall oral health. Tobacco is notorious for damaging your gum tissue and contributing to gum disease. It can even lead to oral cancer.
Another reason to avoid cigarettes, chewing tobacco, and pipes? These products could also be a major cause of your bad breath.
Bad breath doesn’t have to define you.
You have something to say, and you deserve to say it with confidence.
If you’re concerned about your persistent bad breath, we’re here to help. Our skilled dental team knows exactly what to look for and can diagnose and help you understand the causes behind your condition.
Contact us today to book an appointment and kick bad breath to the curb for good!