What is Your Halitosis Telling You?

Halitosis, or bad breath, is a concern often brought up by many of our patients. While it can be an effect of problems in the mouth, it can be the cause of many discomforts and disruptions in everyday life.

dental hygieneFor this reason, temporary measures like gum, mints and mouthwashes fill the store shelves. Although they provide immediate reaction against bad breath, these accessible products fail to address the root of the problem. Health conditions, particular foods and daily practices are some of the issues on which patients need to focus.

If you are suffering from bad breath, it is likely to have been caused by one or two of these factors:

Poor dental hygiene

The main issue with bad breath is that on our part, it is effortless to cause it. As simple as keeping your mouth dry for an hour is enough to leave a nasty odour in your mouth. Dental hygiene, then, is a critical concern in matters of persevering the mouth’s freshness.

Failing to brush and floss as prescribed will keep unwanted food particles lingering in the mouth, which cause bad breath. A colourless film of odour-causing bacteria will develop that if not rinsed off thoroughly, will not only lead to bad breath but also gum irritation. Moreover, forgetting to brush the tongue traps bacteria on its uneven surface, also resulting in a foul breath.

In more serious cases, bad breath can be a result of infections in the mouth caused by poor hygiene, such as tooth decay, gum disease and mouth sores.

Unhealthy practices

Passive practices like missing a day of brushing and sleeping can contribute to bad breath; the effect is much worse if you actively introduce harmful substances to your mouth. These include tobacco products and their derivatives. This is the reason chain smokers have a distinct, unpleasant smell in the mouth that simple brushing cannot eliminate. Over time, smoking can cause problems in the gums, which only worsens the case of the bad breath.

Certain foods

The habitual eating of spicy foods and vegetables, such as garlic and onion can also lead to constant bad breath. After you digest them, they enter your bloodstream, travel to your lungs and cause your breath to have a strong, foul odour.

Given the causes, your bad breath is either telling you that you are not cleaning your mouth enough, or you are eating and doing the wrong things. If you want to eliminate it for good, you have to start at the root the problem. Start enforcing a different diet and healthier lifestyle, and keep your mouth clean. Visit our dental hygienists today for a cleaning appointment.