Don’t Let Bad Breath Ruin Your Date Night
Bad breath has the potential to completely ruin an intimate moment. If you’re battling persistent bad breath, it likely has more to do with a dental issue than the food you’re eating. Before your next romantic date night, why not get to the bottom of the issue and find the solution? At Hubbard & Leath Dental, Dr. Justin Leath, Dr. Rob Hubbard, and our experienced team can help you do just that.
What Causes Bad Breath?
Bad breath, referred to medically as halitosis, can be the result of bad dental habits or certain health problems. The foods you eat and unhealthy lifestyle choices can also contribute to bad breath or make bad breath even worse.
So how exactly does bad breath occur? When you eat, the food starts to break down before you even swallow it. If you eat foods like garlic or onions that have a strong odor, the odor will stick around until the foods are completely digested, even if you brush, floss, and use mouthwash.
A lack of proper dental hygiene can also cause bad breath. If you don’t brush and floss your teeth daily, food particles can stick around, leading to the growth of bacteria between your teeth, on your tongue, and around your gums. This accumulation of bacteria is what causes bad breath. The same thing can happen if you wear dentures.
To help reduce the number of bacteria building up in your mouth, thoroughly brush and floss your teeth daily. You can also try adding an antibacterial mouthwash to your daily routine.
Another potential cause of chronic bad breath is smoking or chewing tobacco-based products. These can cause bad breath, stain your teeth, and even cause a reduction in your ability to taste and smell. The only way to avoid bad breath and other dental health issues associated with smoking or tobacco use is to give up the habit entirely.
Health Problems Associated With Bad Breath
Bad breath can be more than just embarrassing or inconvenient. In some cases, halitosis is a sign of a more complex health problem.
If you’re struggling with persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth, it could be a sign of gum disease. Gum disease occurs when there is a buildup of plaque on your teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to serious gum and bone damage.
Another fairly common cause of bad breath is dry mouth. Saliva is important because it keeps your mouth moist and neutralizes acids that plaque produces. Your saliva also washes away dead cells that would otherwise build up on your tongue, cheeks, and gums. If those dead cells aren’t removed, they will decompose and cause bad breath.
Dry mouth could be a side effect of the medication you’re taking, a problem with your salivary glands, or constant mouth breathing.
Additional health problems associated with bad breath include diseases and illnesses such as pneumonia, bronchitis, diabetes, postnasal drip, chronic sinus infections, chronic acid reflux, and kidney or liver problems.
How To Prevent Bad Breath
In the fight against bad breath, the first and most important thing you should do is practice good dental hygiene. Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a toothpaste that has been approved by the American Dental Association to get rid of plaque and food debris.
It may also be beneficial to brush your teeth after meals. Don’t forget to brush your tongue and replace your toothbrush every 2-3 months.
Use floss or an interdental cleaner at least once a day to remove plaque and food debris that may have become trapped between teeth.
You can also rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash twice a day. You should remove your dentures every night and clean them thoroughly before putting them back in your mouth the next morning.
To avoid bad breath, you should stop smoking and using tobacco-based products. At Hubbard & Leath Dental, we’re more than happy to share information and resources on how to make quitting the habit easier to manage.
Remember to drink plenty of water and chew sugar-free gum to keep your breath fresh between meals.
To keep bad breath at bay, you should make sure to see your dentist at least twice a year. When you visit Hubbard & Leath Dental, we’ll do a thorough oral exam and professional teeth cleaning. We’ll also treat any issues we come across, such as gum disease or dry mouth, to help with your symptoms.
To schedule an appointment at our Rochester Hills, MI dental office, call (248) 266-2528. You can also request an appointment by filling out our contact form .