What causes bad breath?
Bad breath is one of the top reasons why people visit the dentist. It’s no surprise why – bad breath affects the sufferer and the people around them. There are many factors that contribute to bad breath.
Food: food with strong odours remains on your breath until the food has passed through your body completely. Brushing and mouthwash only covers the smell temporarily.
Poor oral hygiene: regular brushing and flossing removes food particles that help bacteria grow in your mouth and cause bad breath.
Medicine: some medications have side effects like dry mouth, which increases the likelihood of your breath smelling.
Mouth breathing: bad breath can also be caused by breathing through your mouth or snoring at night.
Tobacco: tobacco products have an unpleasant smell and contribute to dry mouth and gum disease. Both of these cause bad breath.
Dentures: if you have dentures that are not regularly cleaned, they will begin to smell. In addition, if your dentures are not fitted properly, food particles can get stuck and cause bad breath.
There are a variety of options for the treatment of bad breath. Practicing good oral hygiene is by far the best. Professional cleanings are an important part of prevention. Regular visits to the dentist will also benefit your oral health. Also, dentists can detect issues like gum disease and dry mouth.
You should also drink plenty of water and avoid foods that may trigger bad breath. Finally, try chewing gum with xylitol to help remove food particles and bacteria.