Dental Health and Bad Breath

There’s nothing worse than having bad breath, except talking to someone with bad breath. There are many causes for bad breath including food, gum disease, and dry mouth, but the most common cause is simply poor dental hygiene. This doesn’t just mean rinsing with mouthwash once a month will help you breath! Chronic bad breath is incredibly common, but incredibly easy to prevent.

The Basics

Of course, brush your teeth twice a day. The real tip? You can brush your teeth more often than that! Bring a toothbrush to work or school, and brush after meals. Be sure to get your tongue! Replace your toothbrush every two to three months.

Food particles that sit in your mouth for hours after a meal promotes bacterial growth between your teeth, around your gums, and on your tongue. Rinse with antibacterial mouthwash to get rid of any lingering bacteria, and floss to get those hard-to-reach spaces.

Persistent bad breath can be a sign of periodontal (gum) disease, which is caused by a buildup of plaque on the teeth. Brushing as often as possible will prevent both of these things from happening!

Dry Mouth

One of the most common causes of bad breath is dry mouth, and dry mouth can be caused by a number of poor dental habits. You need saliva to moisten your mouth, to neutralize acids produced by plaque, and to wash away dead cells that accumulate on the tongue, gums, and cheeks. If those cells aren’t removed, they decompose inside your mouth and cause your breath to literally smell like death. Drink plenty of water, too, to help keep your mouth moist and healthy. Chewing gum or sucking on candy can help stimulate saliva production as well.

Dry mouth could also be a side effect of various medications, salivary gland problems, or continuous breathing through the mouth. If you aren’t sure what’s causing it, and you’ve tried improving your hygiene habits, talk to you dentist. Keep a log of the foods you eat and discuss your list with your dentist—some foods causing bad breath may surprise you!

Trust Your Dentist

Of course, your dentist will take care of your mouth better than you will, so make sure you’re seeing them at least twice a year. If you’re suffering from dry mouth or bad breath and you’ve tried improving your hygiene habits, ask your dentist! To book an appointment today, contact LeCroy Dental!