Do you suffer from frequent bad breath?
At Baltimore Dental Co., we understand how difficult it can be to deal with embarrassing dental problems like halitosis. Dr. Leah Romay is a Glyndon, Maryland dentist who has experience in treating all types of dental concerns, from the most complex to easily solvable problems. Below we will review common causes of bad breath as well as how they can be fought with routine care. If you want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Romay, call 410.220.4680 or request a consultation online.
Common Causes of Bad Breath
Patients may find that they suffer from halitosis for these reasons:
- Tobacco: Smoking and tobacco products can easily stain and yellow teeth, cause bad breath and increase the chances of gum disease.
- Food: As food particles break down, they can get stuck in between teeth. Even after foods are digested and broken down, they can affect the breath.
- Dry mouth: Saliva cleans our mouths naturally. If your mouth is naturally dry, smells can build up over time.
- Dental hygiene: Brushing and flossing remove small food particles from between teeth. If you do not brush and floss regularly, bacteria and plaque can build up and cause odor.
- Drugs: Certain medications can cause dry mouth. Other drugs can produce odors as they breakdown and release chemicals in the breath.
- Diseases: Some cancers, liver failure, and other metabolic diseases can cause bad breath.
How to Treat Bad Breath
One of the most important tips for combatting bad breath is brushing and flossing. Brush twice a day and even after meals to prevent plaque. Flossing dislodges food particles from between teeth. Remember to change your toothbrush every 2 to 3 months. Bacteria and food can also build upon the tongue, so you can brush your tongue or use a scraper for fresher breath.
If you have dentures, a dental bridge, or a mouthguard, they should be cleaned daily. Regular cleaning prevents bacteria build-up. In addition, drink plenty of water. Avoid alcohol and tobacco, both of which cause dry mouth. Chewing sugar-free gum can also help stimulate the production of saliva to fight dry mouth.
BAD BREATH FAQS
Is bad breath contagious?
Bad breath is not contagious. It is highly unlikely that someone else will get whatever germs you have in your mouth that are causing bad breath.
Can stress cause bad breath?
When you’re nervous, your mouth tends to dry up. This occurs as a result of the stress chemicals cortisol, adrenaline, and noradrenaline. The combination of these hormones can alter the mouth, leading to bad breath.