What is your Bad Breath Telling You?

What is your Bad Breath Telling You?

Do you suffer from bad breath? Do you always worry that you have bad breath or have a bad taste in your mouth?  According to the ADA’s Council on Scientific Affairs, 50 percent of the adult population has had chronic bad breath at some point in their lives.

There are a number of causes of bad breath, raging anywhere from harmless to possible serious.

1. Foods We Eat

Obviously foods like garlic and onions can be smelly, but they aren’t the only ones that cause bad breath.  If you do not brush and floss daily, any food can actually cause bad breath. The major cause of bad breath is bacteria that consume the food particles left in your mouth after eating.  They produce bad smelling compounds that result in bad breath. The longer you wait to get rid of those particles, the more likely it is for your breath to smell.  Most of the bacteria in your mouth responsible for bad breath is from the back of your tongue.

Make sure you are brushing your teeth at least 2 times a day. Don’t forget about your tongue. I would also suggest using Oral Defense. 

2. Dry Mouth

A dry mouth is another cause of bad breath. It occurs when the flow of saliva decreases. Dry mouth can be caused by certain medications, like allergy medications. It’s also caused by breathing through your mouth or salivary gland problems. Saliva helps flush out the mouth, keeping bacteria moving so they don’t settle down and multiply, while a drier mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria.

Try chewing a piece of gum to help stimulate salivary flow. Choose one sweetened with xylitol instead of artificial sweetener.

3.  Plaque and Gum Disease

Persistent bad breath can be a warning sign of gum disease, which is caused by plaque.  Gum disease causes bloody gums, creating more elements for those pesky bacteria to putrefy.

4.  Illness

Bad breath that doesn’t respond to any treatments may be a sign of serious medical issue. Some systemic conditions, including diseases, produce symptoms related to bad breath. Tonsil stones, sinus or lung infections can play a role in having bad breath.

If you continue to struggle with bad breath, you may want to see a medical professional or see one of our practitioners. 


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