Bad breath can come from a number of places. But do you know where your bad breath is coming from? There are plenty of reasons for your breath to smell less than great – one of which is halitosis. To help you figure out the culprit of your stinky breath, we’ve compiled the a helpful list.
Foods You Eat
Garlic and onions are made up of oils that travel through your bloodstream and into your lungs. This causes odor to excrete with each breath you take.
Foods You Aren’t Eating
Most of us are no stranger to trying some sort of diet in our lifetimes. But did you know that dieting can make you more vulnerable to bad breath?
When you don’t eat, your body is not able to produce as much saliva. This decreases your mouth’s chances of washing away bacteria that builds up inside it. “Morning breath” is also closely related to dry mouth and low saliva production.
When you’re sick with a cold or sore throat, bacteria or mucus sit in your mouth or sinus area and can easily lead to bad breath. In most cases, the bad breath goes away once the symptoms causing them is gone.
Something More Serious
Sometimes the cause of your bad breath could be something beyond the reasons we stated earlier. For some people, serious medical issues like gum disease, diabetes, oral cancer, anorexia/bulimia and others can also cause chronic bad breath. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you contact our office if you have constant bad breath you are unable to control.
What You Can Do
While bad breath is unpleasant, there are things you can do to reduce your chances of turning away friends and acquaintances. Consider these tips when fighting bad breath:
- Practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily.
- Make sure to gently brush your tongue daily. Bacteria love to settle on this area so regular maintenance is key.
- Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash often. Products like Listerine are proven to kill bacteria in places you may miss when brushing or flossing.
- Consume lots of water, eat healthy and avoid smoking. When done together, not only will your breath be fresher, but you may notice positive changes in your body overall.
- Use sugarless mints. In those moments when you need a mint, choose a sugarless option. This way you can still mask your bad breath while lowering your risk of developing plaque from leftover sugar on your teeth.
When in Doubt, Book an Appointment
Chronic bad breath is in no way normal, but questions about it are. Whether you have questions about your bad breath or someone else’s, our staff has the answers. Contact our office to schedule your next visit and solve the mystery behind your bad breath.
We’ll take your breath away!