Bad breath is a common problem that can result from poor dental health habits, an unhealthy lifestyle, and some types of food (such as garlic or onions). It also may be a sign of other health problems.
How bad oral habits can cause bad breath
Bad breath is typically caused by bacteria that is located on the teeth as well as the tongue. Not brushing and flossing daily will allow food particles to remain in your mouth. This will eventually allow more bacteria to grow which leads to gum inflammation and bad breath.
How to prevent bad breath
- Practice good oral hygiene
Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste after you eat and use an antibacterial mouthwash. Floss regularly between teeth to remove food particles that are stuck between them. Brush your tongue or use a tongue scraper to scrape it because many bacteria and food particles can build up on the tongue and cause a bad odor.
- Avoid tobacco smoking and chewing tobacco
Smoking or chewing tobacco can cause bad breath, stain teeth, and irritate your gum. Please contact my office for tips and advice on how to quit smoking.
- Improve your lifestyle
Eat more fruits and vegetables to help clear the odor and add freshness to your breath. Keep your mouth moist and clean by drinking more water throughout the day. Reduce coffee and alcohol consumption.
- Be aware of what you digest
Food particles and debris between teeth can cause bad odors. Some food such as onions and garlic can also cause bad breath. Similarly, some drugs may play a role in creating mouth odors.
- Make sure to clean your dentures and braces
If you wear a removable denture, make sure to take it out and clean it every night. Use an orthodontic toothbrush and toothpaste to brush in between your braces.
- Visit our office regularly
Bad breath can be caused by some oral lesions and inflammations. Regular visits to our office will allow us to detect problems such as inflammation, gum diseases, or dry mouth.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call our office at 440.354.0705 or request an appointment online.
Patrick J. Soria, DDS