Is Bad Breath Affecting Your Private, Social And Business Life?
It might take more than just a mint to solve the problem…
Dr. Westman, dentist in Racine, WI: “Bad breath is a social faux pas. If you have ever had the unpleasant experience of being close to someone with bad breath, you know just how disagreeable it can be.
While on the surface, bad breath can be an embarrassment, it’s important to consider what may be causing the problem.
Why? Because bad breath could be a sign of a medical or dental issue.”
What causes bad breath?
Bad breath isn’t something that crops up on its own. It can be caused by a number of factors, including:
- Food: What we eat has to pass through our entire system before it dissipates. From our mouths, it goes through our digestive system into our blood and is eventually expelled by our lungs. That’s why, when we eat something with a strong odor such as garlic or onions, mouthwash, toothpaste or breath mints will only temporarily cover it up.
- Smoking: Beyond the smelly smoke itself, cigarettes and other tobacco products contain harmful chemicals which can contribute to bad breath. Smoking can also impair the flow of your saliva. When it comes to bad breath, saliva is your friend as it washes away food particles and cleanses your mouth
- Medical conditions: Diseases like cancer or diabetes, or problems like respiratory tract infections and sinus infections can cause bad breath. Some medications can also impact the smell of your breath.
- Poor oral health: Tooth decay, gum disease, ill-fitting dentures and the state of your tongue can all cause bad breath.
Improve your oral health and resolve bad breath
Here’s how poor oral hygiene and subsequent poor oral health can cause bad breath.
- Without proper dental hygiene (aka regular brushing and flossing) food particles remain on your teeth. This can cause bacteria to build up on and between teeth.
- When bacteria feed, they produce acids that turn into plaque. If not removed, plaque can irritate your gums, causing gingivitis.
- Left untreated plaque and its successor tartar begin to cause pockets of gum infection around the roots of your teeth. This is known as gum disease.
The good news is, keeping your teeth and gums healthy can help you resolve bad breath. In many cases, simply being more diligent about brushing and flossing can do the trick. If poor oral hygiene has lead to gingivitis or gum disease, dental treatment can effectively treat it, improving both your oral health and your breath.
Get rid of bad breath
If you have persistent or chronic bad breath that doesn’t go away with simple toothbrushing and flossing, it’s a sign that there may be an underlying issue.
A visit to Racine dentist Dr. Westman will establish whether the problem involves your teeth, gums, dentures, tongue, or another condition to help you find an effective treatment for the problem.