Bad Breath is a reality for everyone.
Did you know that almost everyone has bad breath in the morning? And that about 50% of people have bad breath at any point in time? So don’t feel bad if your breath isn’t all that pleasant right now!
What causes Bad Breath?
Bad breath is caused from the bacteria in your mouth. And usually your tongue is the guilty party. The tongue is really good at trapping those stinky odors so that when you breath or talk, the person across from you gets a whiff of something unpleasant. (Thanks a lot Tongue!)
Food causes a lot of bad breath (think garlic, cheese, and onions), but so does going a long time without eating. The saliva in your mouth can help keep bacteria at bay, so if you haven’t eaten for a long period of time, your mouth is kind of dry and the bacteria is working double time, therefore, leaving you with bad breath. So its a good idea to eat smaller, more frequent meals if you’re trying to prevent bad breath.
How to prevent Bad Breath?
The great news about bad breathe is that you can control it with good oral hygiene! The tongue is the source of most bad breath, so using a tongue scraper a couple times a day can help immensely to get rid of the stench. If you’d like a visual on how to scrape your tongue, check this out on Wikipedia.
Another popular way to control bad breath is to gargle with mouth wash 2-3 times a day. Keep a small bottle of mouth wash in the car or in your purse to keep your breath smelling fresh throughout the day.
Chewing sugar-free or Xylitol gum or sucking on Xylitol lozenges can increase your saliva which naturally fights the stinky bacteria. These are great options for on the go when you need fresh breath immediately.
If you are a smoker, quit smoking! Smoking has loads of chemicals that build up on your teeth and mouth which gives bacteria a fantastic environment to grow and thrive in. That paired with the dry mouth that smoking causes gives smokers very stinky breath most of the time.
Regular dental checkups and cleanings are important to keeping your mouth healthy and your breath smelling good. Are you due for a cleaning? Give us a call to schedule your cleaning today! #804-332-6310
Also note that if a person has good oral hygiene but still seems to have chronic bad breath, there may be a serious underlying health reason and it is best to seek professional advice from a dentist. We recommend Dr. Davis Gardner. 🙂