No one likes having bad breath, smelling bad breath or even talking about bad breath. But the fact is, bad breath is a reality that many people struggle with, both chronically or just once in a while.
But if you do duffer from halitosis, you can rest assured that it’s not just bad luck and it’s not something that you have to live with forever.
It’s best to start by identifying what it is that’s causing your less-than-pleasant breath. Then you can begin to take measures to offset those causes.
Keep reading to find out what the most common causes are and what you can do to stop dragon breath in its tracks…
The old cliché is correct – strong foods like garlic and onions can and often do cause bad breath. But they aren’t the only culprits; acidic drinks like coffee and alcohol can also create a breeding ground for bad breath. They tend to dry your mouth out, which means that saliva is not doing its job of getting rid of odor-causing bacteria.
Smoking or chewing tobacco are nasty habits for a variety of health reasons. But you should know that in addition to causing cancer, tobacco use also significantly contributes to bad breath. Not only does your breath smell like tobacco, but it can lead to gum disease, which is another cause of halitosis.
Poor Oral Hygiene & Gum Disease
Unpleasant breath is caused by bacteria building up in your mouth. The more food particles that linger, the more bacteria that builds up, and the worse your breath is. So if you’re not brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day, this could be the cause of your bad breath and, eventually, gum disease.
It’s possible that the reason your breath smells bad is because you have another health issue such as a sinus infections, pneumonia, bronchitis, postnasal drip, acid reflux, or diabetes. Address that issue and you may help to solve your breath problem.
If you regularly take any medications, you should check the side effects. Many common prescription medications cause dry mouth, which can lead to halitosis.
The Real Test
So what if you’re not sure if your breath is bad or not? Contrary to popular belief, the old breathe in your hand trick isn’t really effective. The best ways to do it may seem kind of weird, but they work…
- Lick the back of your hand, give it about 10 seconds to dry, then smell.
- Take a piece of cotton, rub it on your tongue and sniff.
- Floss between your teeth and then smell the floss.
Keep it Clean
The first measure you should take to beat back bad breath is to up your oral care game. If you’re not brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day, start there. If you’re already doing that, you may want to keep a portable toothbrush with you to maintain cleanliness throughout the day.
Lots of Water
Drinking lots of water is great for your overall health, which includes your oral health. If you drink the recommended 2 liters per day, you’ll significantly cut down the chances of experiencing odor-causing dry mouth.
Visit the Dentist
If you’ve tried all the standard practices to prevent bad breath and it’s still not working, you should be sure to mention it at your next dental appointment. We can discuss your health and habits to help you come up with a solution that works.
Halitosis may be an embarrassing issue, but it doesn’t have to be one that you live with. Try our recommendations and you may find that it’s easier to evict bad breath than you thought.
And if you’re still struggling, come on in and let us help.