Causes and Treatments for Bad Breath

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Causes and Treatments for Bad Breath

Bad breath is not only unpleasant; it can be a sign of a more serious dental condition. If you suffer from consistent bad breath, visit our experienced San Diego dentists at McBride Dental to ensure your both your smile and your breath are the best they can be.

Causes of Bad Breath

Unfortunately, many Americans suffer from bad breath for various reasons. It’s important to understand some of the causes and treatment options in order to improve one’s oral health. The most common cause of bad breath is from the smelly gases released by the bacteria that coat the teeth, gums, and tongue.

Another cause is when tiny bits of food get stuck in the teeth or the tongue and rot. Eating specific foods, such as garlic, coffee, Causes and Treatments for Bad Breathand garlic can contribute to the already existing problem as well. Medical problems can also cause bad breath, such as xerostomia, which causes the mouth to produce less saliva. An adequate amount of saliva is necessary because it has a cleaning action that helps reduce or eliminate bad breath. Less saliva means more bacteria builds up, ultimately leading to bad breath. Xerostomia can be caused by certain medications, salivary gland issues, or breathing out of the mouth instead of the nose.

Other medical problems that lead to bad breath are infections in the throat, nose, and lungs; sinusitis; bronchitis; diabetes; or liver problems. Smoking also causes bad breath, especially if individuals are smoking tobacco. Smoking tobacco often makes people more susceptible to gum disease.

For people with minor cases of bad breath, the most common occurrences are in the morning because the flow of saliva stops during sleep. Bacteria builds up since saliva’s cleaning agents aren’t actively working. Hunger or dieting can also cause bad breath because chewing increases saliva production. Thus, when one isn’t eating, saliva subsides and bacteria increases.

Treatment Options

Fortunately, bad breath can be temporary with proper treatment. Most individuals will need to start a routine to keep their mouth fresh. The most obvious solution is brushing the teeth right before bed and sometime during the day. It’s also important to brush the gums, tongue, and roof of the mouth.

Flossing is absolutely necessary to get out the excess food and bacteria stuck in between the teeth. Using a mouthwash can also be beneficial if it contains antibacterial agents to kill bacteria. Eating a balanced diet that’s rich in fruits and vegetables will help decrease bad breath, too.

If you wear dentures, removable bridges, or partial plates, it’s vital to remove them nightly and clean them accordingly.

Lastly, visiting a dentist for regular checkups is essential in maintaining fresh breath because the dentist will be able to clean the parts of the teeth that are difficult to reach. They will also demonstrate the best way to clean the teeth and gums.    

San Diego Dentist

At McBride Dental, we help our patients maintain a healthy smile by treating oral issues before they fully develop. If an issue does occur, we treat the problem quickly. Each time our patients visit for a checkup, we offer professional teeth cleaning that includes removing plaque, flossing and polishing the teeth, and examining the smile to look out for any damaging dental conditions. We can also suggest specific oral homecare options for our patients to incorporate into their daily oral care regime. If you think you’re suffering from bad breath, call 760-471-1003 to schedule an appointment.


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