By R. Ian Murray, DMD
February 03, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Bad Breath  

Eliminate your bad breath by stopping these common causes in their tracks.

Bad breath; it’s an embarrassing problem. While no one enjoys waking up to dreaded fire breath, imagine how much worse it is for someone who experiences bad breath all the time. Halitosis is a real condition that affects countless individuals. Don’t let bad breath keep you from enjoying life and relaxing at social functions. Find out what could be to blame for your condition so you can nip the toothbrushproblem in the bud now.

Poor hygiene: This is a most common cause of bad breath. If you aren’t brushing and flossing regularly then your oral hygiene is not up to par. You need to brush your teeth after each meal and floss daily to remove food particles and plaque from your teeth. The better your oral care the less likely you will experience bad breath. Also opt for antibacterial rinses after brushing and flossing for an added attack on bad breath.

Your diet: This is an obvious one; however, if you find that you eat a lot of pungent foods like onions or garlic then your bad breath could be due to your diet. While brushing your teeth after consuming these foods is a great way to keep teeth healthy, toothpastes and rinses only mask the food’s odor. The only way to get rid of the smell is to allow your body to fully digest it. Therefore, if you have a diet heavy in odorous foods, it might be time to make some lifestyle changes.

Dry mouth: Also referred to as xerostomia, this condition is known to cause bad breath. Since saliva helps to remove plaque and neutralize acids from the foods and beverages we consume, without it the dead cells begin to break down. This break down and decomposition of cells can cause bad breath. Dry mouth can be due to mouth breathing, taking certain medications or a salivary gland issue. Talk to your Stuart, FL dentist if you experience persistent dry mouth.

Respiratory tract infections: If you are dealing with pneumonia, bronchitis or a sinus infection, this could be to blame for your bad breath. This is because the mucus from your sinuses can sometimes travel into the pharynx. This is particularly common for those who are mouth breathers. However, your bad breath should go away once your infection has cleared.

Ways to Prevent Bad Breath

  • Adopt good oral care
  • Stay hydrated
  • Reevaluate your diet
  • Quit smoking
  • Visit your Stuart, FL dentist regularly

If bad breath continues to cause you problems despite incorporating these lifestyle changes, then it’s time to talk to your Stuart, FL dentist, Dr. R. Ian Murray. Call our office today to schedule your next dental appointment and let’s get to the root of your bad breath.

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