There are many different reasons a person can suffer from bad breath.
*Your oral hygiene can affect your breath. If you don’t brush and floss daily, food debris remains in the mouth and collects bacteria which can cause bad breath. Dentures and partials that are not cleaned well may also contain odor causing bacteria and food debris.
*Periodontal(Gum)Disease is another cause of bad breath. Periodontal disease is caused by the bacteria in plaque which emit toxins that irritate the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. Periodontal disease can be detected early and treated with regular visits to your dentist.
*Your diet affects your breath and the air you exhale. Foods such as onions, garlic and curry can contribute to bad breath. Once the food odor is absorbed into the bloodstream it is transferred to the lungs where it is expelled. The odor will continue until the body eliminates it completely.
*A dry mouth(xerostomia) can cause bad breath. Saliva is essential to cleanse the mouth and remove debris that can cause odor. Dry mouth can be caused by frequent mouth breathing, salivary gland problems, and certain medications. Consult your dentist if you feel you have an unusually dry mouth.
*Tobacco use can contribute to bad breath. If you use tobacco you are more likely to have periodontal disease, dry mouth, and are at a greater risk for developing oral cancer.
*Managing Periodontal Disease and maintaining good oral health is essential in reducing bad breath. Brush twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste, floss once a day or use an interdental cleaner, and remember to brush your tongue. If you wear removable dentures or partials, take them out at night and clean them thoroughly.
- If you think your bad breath is not being helped with good oral hygiene, make sure and talk with your dentist to determine if there is another cause.