portrait of woman covering mouthWe’ve all dealt with bad breath in one way or another. Maybe you went on a date with someone whose bad breath was the reason there wasn’t a second one. You’ve probably gone to a meeting feeling self-conscious about your breath and sat as far away from your colleagues as possible.

Whatever your experience, it’s important to understand what causes bad breath and how it can be treated at home or by a dentist.

Continue reading this blog to learn more about the causes and treatments of bad breath.

Reasons for Bad Breath

There are several causes of bad breath, ranging from serious oral health problems to something as frivolous as eating an onion.

Foods that contribute to bad breath

Even if you brush and floss properly, foods like onions and garlic can have an adverse impact on the odor in your mouth. The smell will continue to travel through the body even after the actual food has completely digested. Diet is the first place people should look into when trying to figure out what is causing their bad breath.

If foods don’t seem to be the issue, bad breath can be caused by various other problems.

Smoking and chewing tobacco

It’s no secret that both of these habits are bad for oral and overall health. An extremely common side effect of smoking and/or chewing tobacco is bad breath. Though there are ways you can reduce the odor, the most effective treatment is to quit using tobacco products altogether.

Gum disease

According to the American Dental Association, approximately 42 percent of adults over 30 have some level of gum disease. Along with being the top reason for tooth loss among American adults, it is also a major cause of bad breath.

The bad breath stems from plaque buildup along the gum line and is usually one of the first signs of gum disease which requires immediate treatment from a dentist.

Unclean dental appliances

If dentures, braces, or retainers aren’t properly cleaned, they can leave an unpleasant taste and odor in the mouth. Properly brushing these appliances and flossing between brackets is essential to keeping the appliance clean and the mouth healthy.

Dry mouth

Dry mouth can be caused by certain medical conditions and medications. It can also occur during sleep. Saliva is essential to oral health because it cleanses the mouth of food particles and bacteria that lead to decay and disease and neutralizes acids in the mouth.

Other health conditions

Other possible reasons for bad breath include:

Treatments for Bad Breath

The diet and lifestyle changes that we mentioned above are some of the first measures that should be taken against bad breath. Using proper brushing and flossing techniques are especially important. Ask your dentist about the best mouthwash for bad breath as well.

One of the most effective treatments for bad breath is a regular dental cleaning. Even the best brushers and most consistent flossers miss parts of their mouths. A regular dental cleaning ensures every part of the mouth gets thoroughly cleaned. As a result, bad breath can be completely eliminated.

If the cause of your bad breath stems from a medical condition or medication, your dentist can work with you to create an oral hygiene routine that reduces this symptom as much as possible.

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