Did you know that halitosis, also known as bad breath, affects over 35% of people? Bacteria inside our mouth cause bad breath. The bacteria break down food debris and create volatile sulfur compounds, causing an odor. A number of factors can also contribute to the cause.
Poor oral hygiene – Brushing infrequently or improper brushing and flossing can leave food particles to decay. It is a good idea to brush your teeth after eating. This will prevent bacteria from breaking down any remnants of food. Don’t forget to brush your tongue and floss! Brushing the tongue removes buildup of bacteria and floss gets out any food that may be stuck in gaps between teeth.
Infections – Infections in the mouth, liver, on the lungs, and on the stomach can also be a cause of bad breath. Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque on teeth. Oftentimes, persistent bad bread can be a sign of gum disease
Psychiatric illness –. This is when people think they have bad breath, but dentists and oral health professionals do not notice it. This is also referred to as pseudohalitosis.
Dry mouth – Medications, salivary gland problems, or “mouth breathing” can cause this. Dry mouth, or xerostomia, can also occur when we are stressed.
What can you do to avoid bad breath or make your bad breath better?
Practice good oral hygiene! Brush and floss after every meal, if you can. This will help reduce odor-causing bacteria in your mouth. Use mouthwash. A lot of mouthwashes prevent cavities and reduce plaque while fighting bad breath. It is important to use an antibacterial rinse because then bacteria is killed, as opposed to only freshening breath.
Watch what you eat. Try to avoid sticky, sugary foods and foods and ingredients that are potent. What you eat affects what you exhale. When you breathe, your lungs expel the food that you have digested as it is absorbed into your bloodstream.
Visit the dentist regularly! It is recommended to visit the dentist at least once a year. Looking for a dentist in Stuart, Florida? Dr. Rita Medwid at Stuart Dental Spa always looks forward to seeing and helping her patients!