Top Causes of Bad Breath & Helpful Fixes
• Poor Hygiene: Practicing poor hygiene is the number one cause of bad breath. The mouth is filled with all kinds of bacteria, in fact, medical experts estimate that the average person can have up to 600 different types of bacteria living in their mouth at one time. These bacterium feed on the proteins found within the mouth and then release waste. The waste left by these bacterium is what causes the breath to smell. The best way to combat this bad breath cause is to practice proper dental maintenance which includes regular dental checkups, thorough brushing and flossing, and the use of non-drying mouth wash.
• The Food You Eat: Some foods have strong molecular compounds that give off powerful scents. These certain foods contain sulfur and organic compounds that, when broken down, are absorbed by the body and produce an odor when you breathe. Foods high in sulfur compounds include packaged meat, eggs, onion, dairy products, cauliflower, cabbage, garlic, and seafood. Fight this bad breath cause by cutting down your intake of these foods as well as chewing minty gum or mints after these meals.
• Illness/Medication: When you’re sick, it is not uncommon to have bad breath. Many illnesses have the symptom of dry mouth, in which saliva production is slowed and bacteria are able to flourish. The most common illnesses that cause this problem are infections of the respiratory tract such as colds, bronchitis, pneumonia, and nasal drip. Similarly, some medications used to treat these illnesses can further the dry mouth effect. The best way to combat this is to stay hydrated so your mouth won’t get too dry. Drinking plenty of water can increase saliva production, keeping your mouth moisturized.
If your bad breath is a constant problem, we can help you pinpoint the cause and give you the best solution. In addition, your checkup is a great way to practice proper hygiene. Give us a call today to set up an appointment.