Is bad breath ruining your dates?
Halitosis or more commonly known as bad breath can be responsible for ruining dates, social gatherings, and even job interviews. That is why you should take the time to know the facts, and stop it in its tracks. Bad breath is characterized by an unpleasant odor of the mouth, and has many causes almost all of which can be prevented or treated. First, let’s start with the potential causes of bad breath.
- Food is probably the number one culprit leading to bad breath. Foods such as garlic, onions and spicy foods have natural smells to them that tend to linger in the mouth. When foods get caught in between teeth and other areas of the mouth, it promotes the growth of bacteria which can lead to odors as well.
- Poor dental hygiene such as lack of brushing/flossing teeth on a regular basis can drastically increase your chances of having bad breath. Plaque buildup can also lead to periodontal disease and gingivitis.
- Tobacco products such as cigarettes and chewing tobacco leave residue on the teeth that lingers in the mouth.
- Various health issues can cause bad breath. Some examples are bronchitis, sore throat, pneumonia, and sinus infections.
- Mouth infections can be a cause of bad breath.
- Dry mouth also known as xerostomia is known to cause bad breath. When the body does not have enough saliva, the mouth is not moistened as it normally would be and this can cause bad breath among other medical issues.
- Dentures and braces if not properly cleaned and maintained can cause bad breath. There are more surfaces and areas for bacteria to grow, so it is important to clean thoroughly and regularly, as well as attending regular dental check ups.
- Morning breath is very common and well known. This is caused by saliva glands producing very little saliva during the sleep cycle.
Halitosis is perfectly preventable in most cases
- Brush and floss thoroughly and regularly. Brush the tongue in particular if you are concerned your breath has a bad odor to it.
- Avoid eating foods that may contribute to bad breath.
- Routinely see your dentist for a cleaning and a check up examination. Stay on top of cavities and other issues that may become worse with time.
- Do not smoke or use chewing tobacco
If you are following the above four simple steps and still have persistent bad breath, you should consult your dentist for a personal assessment. Bad breath is something that can be easily prevented and treated as long as a little effort is put in.