If you’ve ever wondered “Does my breath smell?” you are not alone. Bad breath (clinically known as halitosis) is very common. It is the third most common reason people seek dental assistance.
There are many causes of bad breath, here is our top ten most common reasons:
#1 Leftover Food Particles: For most, bad breath is caused by food particles being trapped in the mouth. If not properly removed, by brushing and flossing, these food particles become a breeding ground for bad breath causing bacteria.
#2 Certain Foods: Foods, such as garlic and onions, can affect your breath. These foods are absorbed into the bloodstream and the lungs, causing a foul smell when you breath and speak. Fortunately, this type of bad breath is only temporary.
#3 Poor Oral Health: Oral hygiene is key to fresh breath. Brushing and flossing daily as well as regular visits to the dentist/hygienist help keep your mouth healthy and your breath fresh.
#4 Gum Disease: Gum disease (periodontal disease) is caused by plaque, a sticky, colourless film that constantly forms on your teeth. If plaque is not removed properly with daily brushing and flossing, it can build up, infecting your teeth, gums, and eventually the bone. The bacteria associated with gum disease leaves you with foul smelling breath.
#5 Tobacco/Alcohol Consumption: Tobacco can cause your breath, skin, and clothing to smell. While alcohol can cause digestive problems and/or dry out your mouth, both of which can cause bad breath.
#6 Dentures: Food particles that are not properly brushed or cleaned away can cause your dentures and mouth to smell.
#7 Dry Mouth: When your mouth is dry, the saliva is not able to clean your mouth and control the bad breath causing bacteria.
#8 Medications: Bad breath, dry mouth, and taste disorders are all common side effects to many of today’s medications.
#9 Obesity: Studies show that the more overweight you are, the more likely your breath will smell.
#10 Mouth Breathing: Breathing through your mouth, instead of your nose, can cause bad breath. Mouth breathing can dry out your mouth, leaving it susceptible to bad breath causing bacteria.
We’re here to help keep your breath fresh. At regular dentist appointments, we screen for faulty restorations, overhanding fillings, and faulty crowns, all of which can trap food in the mouth and cause bad breath. Also remember to brush, floss, and rinse your mouth after every meal.
If you decide to use mouthwash, look for one that is alcohol free. If your mouthwash is made with alcohol, it will only temporarily freshen your breath because alcohol actually dehydrates your mouth.
If you have any questions or concerns about your breath or dental health, please contact our office at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also, be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.