Bad Breath – You Can Stop It


Bad breath can be so embarrassing and can affect your social and business life.  If following the advice in this post fails to stop your bad breath, then it is time to call Family Oral Health at 772-465-4545.  Below are the five main causes of bad breath.

1.  Use of Tobacco Products or Smoking Can Cause Bad Breath

If you are still smoking or using tobacco products and want to quit the habit, Dr. Gehrig can offer some helpful tips on how you can quit.  Worse than bad breath, smoking and use of tobacco is known without a doubt to be harmful to your overall health and well being.  In addition, if you are a user, you are more susceptible to other health problems  such as cancer, including oral cancer, and gum disease.  Tobacco use can also irritate your gums and affect the taste of your food.


2.  Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is frequently caused by your medications, there are products Dr. Gehrig can recommend to help alleviate this problem.  Make an appointment with him so he can determine whether it is your medicine or whether you are having a problem with your salivary glands, or if you are constantly breathing through your mouth instead of your nose.  Without enough saliva, food particles can remain in the mouth much longer than normal and increase your chance to develop cavities as well as cause bad breath.  You may only need to keep your mouth moist with hard candies or gum, but do let Dr. Gehrig make that determination with you.


3.  The Foods You Are Eating or Sometimes Aren’t Eating

You know it is true, the food you eat can give you halitosis each time you exhale a breath.  Garlic and onions are the most well know for this. If you aren’t brushing and flossing regularly, any food particles left long enough in the mouth can cause bacterial increases which cause bad breath.   Sometimes people on crash diets and who are not eating regularly can also have bad breath.


4.  Gum Disease Can Cause Halitosis or Bad Breath

Build up of plaque on your teeth can irritate your gums and lead to gum disease.  This can create a persistent bad breath that you just can’t seem to get rid of no matter how hard you try.  It can also cause a “bad” taste in your mouth that won’t go away either.  Regular cleaning of your teeth by a professional at Family Oral Health can stop the progression of your gum disease and put a stop to the bad breath caused by gum disease.


5.  Other Health Conditions or Problems You May Have

There are a number of different health problems which can cause bad breath.  Sometimes diabetes, liver or kidney conditions can cause halitosis.  Probably the most common reasons are infections of the sinuses or the lung, including bronchitis.

Remember, mouth wash is only a temporary fix for bad breath.  Brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily are the best ways to stop bad breath.  You should also brush your tongue to remove the bacteria which accumulates there.  Regular visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning and an exam must be done as well to remove any plaque which just can’t be removed by your daily brushing efforts.

If you have lost your teeth, and are wearing dentures, those must be cleaned thoroughly too on a daily basis to make sure to prevent bacterial build up.  Be sure to remove your dentures at night and clean them before putting them back in your mouth in the morning.

If you are exercising good dental hygiene and are still plagued with bad breath, it time to call Dr. Gehrig.

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