If bad breath is causing you to shy-away from social engagements and avoid important work gatherings – it’s time to tackle this embarrassing condition before it has you permanently frowning.
What Causes Stinky Breath?
Calgary Family Dentists at Apple Dental Group on Elbow Driveexplain that bad breath is usually the result of poor oral hygiene that enables bacteria to buildup on teeth, tongue, gums and cheeks. The bacteria combine with saliva to break down food particles – releasing a noxious odor in the process. Without effective brushing and flossing,deposits of bacteria and plaque increase,and so begins the issue of bad breath. Brushing after each meal and flossing once in a twenty-four hour period keeps food debris and plaque accumulation to a minimum. Food particles that are trapped between teeth, around gum tissue and on the tongue are broken down by oral bacterium, which not only causes stinky breath, but increases the risk of gum disease and dental decay. Keeping teeth and gums free from plaque and food debris is the first line of defense in preventing bad breath.
Can Medications Cause Bad Breath?
Unfortunately for some patients bad breath is an ongoing concern regardless of how good of a job they do in keeping their mouth fresh. This is frequently due to the impact certain medications have on a person’s breath. Some chemotherapy drugs, tranquilizers and drugs used to treat angina are often associated with bad breath – so speaking with your family doctor or specialist is recommended as an alternate drug may be available. And it’s not just medications that can alter the freshness of a person’s breath – certain diseases and conditions like diabetes and acid reflux can make an individual struggle with breath odor.
Dry Mouth Issues
Dry mouth or xerostomia impacts the production of saliva. Saliva is a natural cleanser; helping to control bacterial levels and dislodge food particles. A lack of saliva can dehydrate the mouth, making in it prone to plaque build-up and bad breath. Drinking water regularly throughout the day helps restore the rinsing effect of saliva – and switching to toothpaste formulated to combat dry mouth issues can be beneficial.