What is Causing Your Bad Breath?

Hello, San Antonio! It’s another beautiful day at the office of Advanced Dental Associates. A recent conversation with a patient has lead us to dedicate today’s blog post to a rather unpleasant and or smelly topic: bad breath.

Do you suffer from bad breath? Bad breath can be embarrassing and damaging to your social interactions and romantic relationships. It’s much harder to ask for a promotion at work, or for a second date with the cutie from the coffee shop, if you’re worried about your breath.

Maybe you keep a bottle of mouthwash at work to use after meals, or before meeting new people. But mouthwash only masks bad breath temporarily, as an almost cosmetic effect. Eliminating bad breath goes beyond mouthwash, and requires to eliminate the source of your bad breath.

Bad breath can be caused by the food you eat, medicine you take, tobacco use, or by medical and dental conditions. Luckily, there are many things you can do to counter bad breath. In today’s blog, we’re going to share some tip and tricks for eliminating bad breath.

Which Foods Make Your Breath Smell?

Why is that food that garlic and onions leave you with such bad breath? The truth is, any food can leave you with bad breath. Particularly flavorful foods such as garlic and onions are just more immediately noticeable.

When you chew, particles of food are spread throughout your mouth. Many of these particles are microscopic and not visibly noticeable after you finish eating. Onions and garlic seem to smell the worst because the particles remaining in your mouth are coated in their scent.

But all of these microscopic food particles, even in odorless foods such as cereal, collect bacteria. The accumulation of this bacteria leads to bad breathe. The best counter to this bacteria is brush and floss after a meal.

Dry Mouth Also Causes Bad Breath

The saliva in your mouth plays several important roles in your oral health and well-being. In terms of bad breath, saliva helps wash food particles out of your mouth. If you are not producing enough saliva, food particles remain in your mouth long after eating. The remaining food particles are a sponge for bacteria and other odor causing elements.

Dry Mouth can be caused by many medications. Certain attention deficit disorder medications which contain amphetamines, such as Ritalin, Adderall, and Vyvanse, are particularly known for causing Dry Mouth. Other prescriptions drugs like antidepressants and antibiotics can have a similar effect.

Dry Mouth can also be caused by breathing through your mouth. Intaking oxygen from your mouth, due to a congested nose or exercise, quickly evaporates saliva in your mouth. In addition, Dry Mouth may be due to problems with your salivary gland.

If you are suffering from Dry Mouth, it’s important to increase the amount of water you drink. Water can help replace the saliva, and wash food particles away. Sugar-free gum can also be used to increase saliva flow in your mouth. You will want to speak with your dentist for the best solutions for your particular case.

Bad Breath May Be a Sign of Gum Disease

Gum Disease is one of the leading causes of bad breath. Gum Disease is caused by the accumulation of bacteria in your mouth, none of which smell pleasant.

Smokers take note! Cigarettes, as well as chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes, and vaping all increase your risk factors for contracting Gum Disease. Tobacco, nicotine, and a whole host of other artificial chemicals and additives in these products all irritate the soft tissue of your mouth and your gums. This can lead to Gum Disease and to Oral Cancer.

But even if you don’t smoke, everyday eating habits can lead to Gum Disease as well. Bacteria in your mouth forms plaque, an odorless and colorless substance which clings to your teeth. Often times, built-up plaque can only be effectively removed with a Professional
Teeth Cleaning. As plaque builds up on teeth, you place yourself at risk for Gum Disease.

The best way to keep Gum Disease is to see a dentist twice a year for a Dental Exam, and for Professional Teeth Cleaning. Your dentist can determine the cause of your bad breath, and recommend a course of treatment. In addition, you will be screened for oral diseases, including Gum Disease and Oral Cancer. The early dedication of these diseases is vital for their effective treatment.

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