The constant worrying that you endure about talking to people face-to-face has become exhausting. You became aware some time ago that you struggle with bad breath, and since then you’ve made sure to never talk in the direct path of someone else’s nose. But you’re tired of living like this. It’s time for a change and your Newtown dentist is here to help make it happen.
What’s the Cause of Bad Breath?
The first step to eliminating bad breath is to know where it comes from. Some of the causes are listed here:
- Dry Mouth – If your mouth is dry this can contribute to bad breath, as it allows bacteria to flourish more, because your saliva has natural enzymes that bathe the mouth and wash away bacteria. So if your mouth is dry and more bacteria are present, then there is a greater chance for bad breath.
- Gum Disease – As bacteria and plaque are allowed to grow, over time they attack your mouth and can cause gum disease. Chronic bad breath can be a sign that this harmful process is under way.
- Excess Bacteria on the Tongue – Bacteria and dead cells can buildup on your tongue, and when this happens bad breath follows. A visible sign that this has occurred will be a white coating on your tongue.
- Medical Condition – Certain conditions like a sinus infection and more serious ones like acid reflux, diabetes, kidney and liver failure can also contribute to bad breath.
- Tobacco Usage – Both smoking and chewing tobacco contribute to bad breath, as they suffocate the oxygen flow throughout your gums and mouth that encourage proper oral health.
- Food – The foods you eat can factor into causing bad breath, as certain ones are notorious for leaving odorous trails.
- Poor Oral Care – Failure to follow the daily protocols of brushing and flossing at least two times contribute to bad breath, allowing bacteria to fester and grow.
A Plan of Action to Fight Bad Breath
The #1 thing to remember in the fight against bad breath is to view your oral health as part of a whole, and not separated from your overall wellness. This mindset will broaden your perspective so that you will see how many of your daily activities affect your total health. Some specific remedies are as follows:
- Brushing and Flossing – Make sure to brush and floss at least twice a day to vacate bacteria from your mouth, teeth and gums.
- Tongue Scraping – This helps to remove harmful bacteria that congregate on the tongue.
- Try to Avoid Tobacco Use – Tobacco has multiple harmful effects on your overall health and is best to be avoided.
A Final Remedy
Make sure to get in to visit your dentist every six months for cleanings and examinations. This will prevent any developing issues from getting out of hand, and it offers a great chance to ask questions. Your proactive approach will ensure fresh breath and great oral care for years to come.
About the Author
Dr. Glen Barlow graduated from the Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple University in Philadelphia. A member of several professional organizations, including the Montgomery-Bucks Dental Society, American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and the International Association of Comprehensive Aesthetics, Dr. Barlow remains up-to-date on the latest advances in dentistry. He practices at The Dentists of Newtown and can be reached for more information through his website.