Just the mention of bad breath is enough to elicit a negative response from most people. Everyone has experienced this unfortunate reality, both in their own breath or in the breath of others. Bad breath is an outcome that has a simple cause, and the good news is that it is a problem with a simple solution. The team at Brewery District Dental is here to help, and would like to share the following information on why bad breath occurs, and how to eliminate and prevent it.
How Does Bad Breath Occur?
Unpleasant odours within the mouth originate in bacteria that build up on or between teeth, on your gums or the surface of your tongue. That accumulated bacteria can produce gasses that impart a bad smell. When the bacteria come into contact with food particles, the decomposition process begins, which leads to an entirely different layer of unpleasant odours within the mouth. Unless this bacteria is regularly removed from the mouth, bad breath is almost a guarantee.
Some bad breath is not related to poor dental hygiene but is the direct result of consuming especially pungent foods, such as onions, garlic and certain spices. This type of bad breath is short-lived, however, and can be avoided entirely by avoiding strongly flavored foods. Smoking is another cause of bad breath, as well as a number of other dental issues.
How Can Bad Breath be Eliminated?
The only way to eradicate bad breath, which is also known as halitosis, is by upping your game when it comes to dental hygiene. Regular and effective brushing will remove a lot of bacteria from the mouth. Flossing helps to remove particles that are wedged in the spaces between teeth. Brushing your gums is also important, and many people find that brushing or scraping the surface of their tongue is helpful in improving their breath. Another way to address the issue of bad breath is by stimulating the body’s production of saliva, which can be accomplished by chewing sugar-free gum.
It should be noted that any surface within the mouth should regularly be brushed, including dentures and dental appliances. Bacteria can live on those surfaces as well as on the teeth and gums, which can cause bad breath.
The Right Tool for the Job
When it comes to brushing your teeth, it is important to use a clean toothbrush that is in good shape. Even the best toothbrushes wear down over time and should be replaced periodically. A good rule of thumb is to replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if it begins to show signs of wear. Toothbrushes must be thoroughly rinsed after each use, and stored in a manner that allows them to dry completely between uses.
Bad breath is something that no one wants to deal with. Fortunately, it is possible to address the problem with a few simple steps, and to enjoy the confidence that comes with fresh breath and a healthy smile. Brewery District Dental invites you to schedule an appointment to come in for a routine exam and cleaning, and to discuss and questions or concerns that you have regarding your dental health.