Common Causes of Bad Breath and Its Remedies
Bad breath is an embarrassing problem, and one that can make it difficult for you to socialize comfortably. In addition to self-confidence issues from bad breath, there’s usually a medical explanation that needs to be addressed to prevent other oral health issues. Fortunately, if you understand the most common causes of bad breath you can take steps to remedy the problem. Here’s what you need to know.
Bacteria can breed in many areas in the mouth, which causes a foul smell because the bacteria emit smelly gases. Plaque is what forms on the teeth when bacteria combine with food to create a whitish film that sticks to the teeth. There are multiple types of bacteria in this plaque, so the best way to control the smell from plaque is to regularly brush your teeth and visit a Fairbanks dentist regularly to have teeth cleaned. Bacteria that coats the tongue or bacteria stuck between the teeth from food that’s stuck there will also cause bad breath. Ignoring bacteria buildup on the teeth and tongue is dangerous because it will significantly speed up tooth decay and often progress to gum disease as well.
Dry mouth is another common cause of bad breath. That’s because saliva is essential for washing away bacteria, so when the mouth is drier than it should be, the bacteria stays in place and multiplies. The most common cause of dry mouth is certain medications, so the best remedy for this is to use special products for dry mouth that your dentist can recommend and to make sure you drink plenty of water. The main goal is to stimulate the salivary glands.
Some medical problems can also cause bad breath, especially those related to the nose or sinuses. Nasal polyps or a foreign object that blocks the nostril can make the breath smell bad, and it’s more noticeable when breathing out of the nose. Infections such as tonsillitis, strep throat, or sinus infections can also cause the breath to smell bad. These medical conditions can be treated with antibiotics to get rid of the bad breath. Uncontrolled diabetes can also cause the breath to smell fruity.
Most people know that certain foods, such as garlic and onion, eventually result in bad breath. These foods smell worse after eating them because they create a unique smell when crushed that’s difficult to get out of the system. Unfortunately, the only way to avoid or reduce the effects of bad breath from these foods is to avoid them entirely. You can reduce the effects by brushing and flossing the teeth right after consuming them.
Crash diets can also cause a strange smell because ketones are made when fat is broken down. Crash diets, fasting, or very low-carbohydrate diets can increase the release of ketones, which are released when you breathe. This bad breath has a sickly, sweet smell and is more noticeable with these diets because the fat, rather than glucose, is being burned.
Addressing Bad Breath
Since there are so many potential causes for bad breath, the best thing to do when addressing it is to talk to a dentist to identify the cause. This is important not only for getting it under control, but to make sure there aren’t additional dental or medical causes for chronic bad breath. Contact North Pole Dental Workshop today to schedule your next cleaning and exam.