It’s not a popular subject, but bad breath can be a serious problem. It can keep people from wanting to be around you, which can impact both your social and your professional life. However, bad breath can also be a sign of a serious dental or health issue. Here is some information about bad breath and what you can do about it.
The causes of bad breath
You may have bad breath for a variety of different reasons. It can be caused by some medications or a condition called dry mouth (also known as “xerostomia”). A lack of saliva means that bacteria isn’t naturally cleaned off of teeth, the tongue, and the gums as it should be. The bacteria collects and causes odor.
Poor dental habits can also cause bad breath. If you wear dentures they should be cleaned often. If you still have your original teeth and have bad breath, you should brush your teeth after every meal and make sure to floss thoroughly at least once a day. Make sure you visit your dentist twice a year for a good cleaning.
What else can I do to prevent bad breath?
Besides keeping good dental health habits, there are a few other things you can do to fight bad breath. Replace your toothbrush regularly and drink lots of water every day. Also, certain foods and drinks can make the mouth dry and cause bad breath – avoid coffee, alcohol, and sugary foods.
If you have tried everything and you just can’t seem to get rid of bad breath, you should make an appointment with your dentist. He or she will want to determine a possible cause for bad breath and make sure it isn’t serious. Bad breath can be a sign of a medical condition such as an infection in the throat, acid reflux, or even cancer.
Bad breath can have a negative effect on your life, but it can also be a sign of something more serious. If you have bad breath or other dental problems, Soft Touch Dentistry can help. Call the Brighton Office at (617) 782-9250 or the Newton Office at (617) 332-8146 to make an appointment today!