Why Do I Have Bad Breath?

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Almost everyone wakes up with bad breath (also known as morning breath) but the smell tends to vanish after brushing and flossing. However, many people suffer from bad breath throughout the day and may not even be unaware. Understanding the causes, symptoms, and treatment for bad breath will help individuals make healthier lifestyle choices to maintain fresh breath throughout the day.

What Causes Bad Breath?

The majority of bad breath cases result from something lingering in the mouth, usually food. Because food is capable of sticking between the teeth, gum line, and tongue, it eventually rots and causes a foul odor. When rotten food is left in the mouth long enough, it produces bacteria that can irritate the gums and lead to gum disease, which also causes bad breath.

Even if people are cleaning their teeth regularly, there are specific foods that immediately produce an odor in the mouth after consuming them. These foods include onions, garlic, cheese, certain meats, and certain spices. Even orange juice and soda can surprisingly cause an odor. You may be wondering how these foods and drinks are able to produce odors that linger in the mouth. Once these foods are digested, their oils seep into the bloodstream. As soon as these oils reach the lungs, an odor is released into the breath that lasts until all of the food is out of the body.

Is Bad Breath Preventable?

Yes, there are a few homecare tips for people to incorporate into their daily oral health routines to decrease their chances of experiencing bad breath throughout the day. The first tip is to brush at least twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste. It’s important to brush along the gum line, not only the tooth’s surface. The second tip is to floss at least once daily, it doesn’t matter whether it’s done in the morning or before bed. The third tip is to refrain from eating too much meat and to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. Lastly, for people who wear dentures, it’s important to remove them at night, brush them, and let them soak overnight in a disinfecting solution. The same applies to individuals who wear removable braces or retainers – it’s important to clean them every day.

Those suffering from extreme cases of bad breath may need a prescription mouthwash from their dentist, which is why it’s important to maintain annual dental checkups. Sometimes bad breath is the result of more serious health issues, which is another reason why maintaining annual dental checkups is essential.

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Why Do I Have Bad Breath?McBride Dental has offered effective dental services for years that have helped our patients maintain the smile of their dreams. Some of our services include preventative care services, gum disease treatment, teeth whitening services, and dental implants. We offer a variety of services to address our patients’ needs in order to help them show off a smile they can be proud of. If you are in the San Diego area and would like to schedule an appointment with us, call us today at (760) 471-1003.

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