Bad Breath and How to Beat It
We all get surprised by bad breath sometimes, either our own or someone else’s. Bad breath happens due to a number of factors, not just from eating garlic or drinking coffee. Dentists refer to the waste from bad breath bacteria as “volatile sulfur compounds” (VSC) and when you inhale these exhalations, it can take your breath away!
Bad Breath Culprits Identified
To stop bad breath, we first need to identify the common causes of this unwelcome social syndrome.
Poor Dental Hygiene
Neglecting to brush and floss daily contributes towards bad breath via gum disease. Brush and floss daily to remove plaque, oral bacteria and food particles from between your teeth. For even better protection against bad breath germs, use mouthwash or toothpaste containing stannous fluoride.
Bad Breath Foods
Foods high in sugar and carbohydrates contribute to bad breath because oral bacteria feasts on sugar. The result? Bad breath and cavities. To prevent the problems from dental decay and bad breath after you consume candy, chips, soda and other “junk food,” rinse your mouth with water and then brush them. In addition, replace sugary beverages with water and chew crunchy vegetables for snacks. Both of these tips promote healthy saliva flow, and that lessens the chance of bad breath.
Medical Conditions and Bad Breath
Certain health conditions and medication side effects may contribute to chronic bad breath, also known as halitosis. Sometimes bad breath is a symptom of serious disease, but more often our Placerville dentists treat bad breath caused by dry mouth, a common side effect of allergy medications and certain medicines prescribed by doctors. If you are taking medications and are experiencing dry mouth, call our Placerville family dentist for options and advice.
Tobacco and Bad Breath
Cigarette and smokeless tobacco use is on the decline in the U.S., but many still use tobacco despite numerous health warnings. Smoking causes bad breath because tar and nicotine reduce saliva production and restrict blood flow with dentally devastating results. Smokers experience tooth loss, periodontal disease and slower healing from dental procedures. A major key to prevent bad breath and save your teeth is avoiding all tobacco use!
The Placerville Dental Group treats halitosis and the malodorous effects of gum disease. Contact our downtown Placerville dental clinic for a consultation and beat bad breath!