Bad breath

Bad breath is something that is readily identifiable and easily a deal breaker when dating or interviewing for a new job.  What’s the cause and how do you treat it and make sure it doesn’t hit you?

 

Congestion whether it be due to a cold or allergies results in mouth breathing and post-nasal drip which are the prefect recipe for bad breath.  What can you do to prevent the odor? Try brushing, flossing and using a nasal wash as well as a humidifier with Eucalyptus to keep the nasal passages open during the night.

 

Mouth breathing that is constant and not due to a cold or allergies can also be a source of bad breath.  Whether it is snoring or a bite issue that results in mouth breathing it is definitely something that should be discussed with your dentist.  There are numerous studies on the side-effects of sleep apnea and snoring on your overall health and it is not something to be treated lightly.  If you are waking up in the morning with a severely dry mouth you could be a mouth breather and not know it, definitely bring it up with your dentist.  Products like biotene are great to use before bed time because they are formulated to target dry mouth symptoms.

 

Gum disease is the most common cause of bad breath. The pesky bacateria that cause periodontal disease give off gases that don’t smell pretty. They are also not good for your whole body and have been linked to heart disease and pre-mature births to name a few.  The good news is going to your dentist and getting regular treatment can help tremendously. In addition to flossing and brushing a Water-Pik is a great device to add to your daily routine to combat the order and keep your mouth clean.

 

Infections in the mouth or throat whether it be a rotten tooth, a gum infection or tonsillitis are all sources of bad breath.  Obviously, any infection in your body causes inflammation and needs to be treated immediately.

 

If you are questioning your breath and you are not recovering from a cold or allergies it is important to visit your dental professional to understand what the underlying cause may be.