So, lets just say you have this friend. And this friend has been told before that he has really bad breath. But you know this friend brushes his teeth. I mean, you brush your teeth, excuse me, he brushes his teeth like really good. So what could be going on?
First off, I want to applaud you for reading this blog for your friend. You are such a good friend. Secondly, you should know that there are several reasons that your friend could be struggling with bad breath and this post will discuss those as well as solutions to the problem.
Although the most common causes of bad breath are harmless, it can be indicative of a deeper medical issue.
The most common cause of bad breath is bacteria. This bad bacteria is present typically because of:
Unresolved Dental Issues: Cavities and deeper pockets from gum disease give bad breath bacteria extra places to hide in your mouth that are difficult to clear out when you’re brushing or cleaning between your teeth.
Mouth, Nose and Throat Infections: According to the Mayo Clinic, nose, sinus and throat issues that can lead to postnasal drip may also contribute to bad breath. Bacteria feeds on mucus your body produces when it’s battling something like a sinus infection, leaving you sniffly and stinky.
Dry mouth is another major cause of bad breath: Saliva goes a long way for your dental health – and your breath. It rinses and removes unwanted leftovers from your mouth, helps break down food when you eat and provides disease-fighting substances to help prevent cavities and infections. If you don’t make enough saliva, one sign may be halitosis. Dry mouth can be caused by medications, certain medical conditions, alcohol use, tobacco use or excessive caffeine.
Lifestyle choices can play a role as well. Tobacco and cigarette users create an environment in the mouth for bad breath bacteria to thrive. If you order your sandwich with extra onions or that pasta with extra garlic, your friends will keep their distance.
While halitosis is most often linked to something happening in your mouth, it may also be a sign of a more chronic systemic issue like gastric reflux, diabetes, liver or kidney disease.
If you notice your breath has been less than fresh lately, start by following a healthy daily dental routine – brush twice a day for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth once a day. Other things, like drinking plenty of water, chewing sugarless gum with the ADA Seal of Acceptance and cutting back on caffeine may also help get your saliva flowing and boost the freshness of your breath.
If you notice your bad breath persists, check in with us at Lenderman Dental. Together, we can track down what the cause may be. With a proper cleaning and exam, Dr. Lenderman can help rule out any oral health problems and advise you on next steps, including what types of dental products to use, treatment plans to take care of cavities or gum disease or refer you to a medical provider to follow up.