Most people who have bad breath don’t realize it. Here are some signs that you might be suffering from breath:
There are many factors that can contribute to bad breath. Poor dental hygiene, infection, diabetes, drug abuse, gum disease, liver disease, tooth decay, and bacteria in the mouth can all cause bad odor. External sources such as foods (onions and garlic), alcoholic beverages, tobacco chewing, and cigarette smoking can contribute to bad breath. In addition, women can have trouble with unpleasant mouth odor during the hormonal fluctuations of pregnancy or menstruation.
Bad breath is caused primarily by bacteria. Thorough brushing and flossing every day is the best way to prevent bad breath. You may also brush your tongue where bacteria like to accumulate. If you are experiencing bad breath and brushing is not possible, try chewing gum or a mint. Increasing salivary flow will help wash away bacteria and reduce bad breath.
Please remember that using commercial products like mouth washes act like masking agents. They don’t cure bad breath. It is important to find out the cause of bad breath, treat the underlying disease if possible, and use appropriate anti-bacterial mouthwash for therapeutic purposes.
If you still have a problem with a bad breath, you should try using a tongue scraper. Scraping your tongue can reduce the amount of bacteria present in your mouth, and therefore can reduce mouth odor by 75%. Many people also find that they are less prone to triggering their gag reflex when using a scraper (when compared to a tooth brush).
So remember, if you keep your teeth, tongue, and mouth clean, and if you have regular dental check ups, you can avoid the problem of bad breath. Follow good oral hygiene rules – brush and floss your teeth, brush your tongue, and clean and replace your tooth brush regularly. If you have any concerns about bad breath, please contact us to schedule your free consultation.