- What should I do if I have bad breath?
: Bad breath (halitosis) can be an unpleasant and embarrassing condition. There are various reasons one may have bad breath, but in healthy people, the major reason is due to microbial deposits on the tongue, especially the back of the tongue. Some studies have shown that simply brushing the tongue reduced bad breath by as much as 70 percent.
- What may cause bad breath?
: The following are some of the most common causes of bad breath:
. Saliva flow almost stops during sleep and its reduced cleansing action allows bacteria to grow, causing bad breath.
-Certain foods such as garlic, onions, etc
. Foods containing odor-causing compounds enter the blood stream; they are transferred to the lungs, where they are exhaled.
-Poor oral hygiene habits
. Food particles remaining in the mouth promote bacterial growth.
-Periodontal (gum) disease
. Colonies of bacteria and food debris residing under inflamed gums.
-Dental cavities and improperly fitted dental appliances
-Dry mouth (Xerostomia)
. May be caused by certain medications, salivary gland problems, or continuous mouth breathing.
. Tobacco products dry the mouth, causing bad breath.
. Certain chemicals called ketones are released in the breath as the body burns fat.
-Dehydration, hunger, and missed meals
. Drinking water and chewing food increases saliva flow and washes bacteria away.
-Certain medical conditions and illnesses
. Certain medical conditions and illnesses, such as Diabetes, liver and kidney problems, chronic sinus infections, bronchitis, and pneumonia are several conditions that may contribute to bad breath.
Keeping a record of what you eat may help identify the cause of bad breath. Also, review your current medications, recent surgeries, or illnesses with Dr. Clyde to help determine the problem.
- What can I do to prevent bad breath?
: The following are some of the most common ways to prevent bad breath:
-Practice good oral hygiene
. Brush at least twice a day with an ADA approved fluoride toothpaste and toothbrush. Floss daily to remove food debris and plaque from in between the teeth and under the gum line. Brush or use a tongue scraper to clean the tongue and reach the back areas. Replace your toothbrush every 2 to 3 months. If you wear dentures or removable bridges, clean them thoroughly and place them back in your mouth in the morning.
-See Dr. Clyde regularly to keep your breath fresh
. It is recommended to get a check-up and cleaning at least twice a year. If you have or have had periodontal disease, Dr. Clyde may recommend more frequent visits.
-Stop smoking and/or chewing tobacco
. Ask Dr. Clyde what he recommends to help break the habit.
-Drink water frequently
. Water will help keep your mouth moist and wash away bacteria.
. Some over-the-counter products only provide a temporary solution to mask unpleasant mouth odor. Ask Dr. Clyde about antiseptic rinses that not only alleviate bad breath, but also kill the germs that cause the problem.
In most cases, Dr. Clyde can treat the cause of bad breath. If it is determined that your mouth is healthy, but bad breath is persistent, Dr. Clyde may refer you to your physician to determine the cause of the odor and an appropriate treatment plan.Don't see your question answered here? Click here to schedule a time to come see us and get your question answered!