Cracking the Case of Bad Breath

bad breathBad breath is embarrassing. If you’ve ever been told you have bad breath, then you know firsthand how it can make you feel isolated and shunned. Oftentimes, I have patients come into the office with the sole purpose of getting their bad breath sorted. Have you tried everything there is to get rid of your bad breath?

Last time, we talked about the toothpaste versus tooth gel debate and how choosing the right toothpaste can make a big difference. This week, Dr. Griffin at City Center Dental in Newport News, VA is going to discuss the bad breath struggle and ways you can eliminate your bad breath.

What’s Causing It?

This may sound like common sense, but in order to find the solution to your problem, you need to know what’s causing the problem. Everybody has hellacious breath at some point in their life (like first thing in the morning), but if you’re suffering from it daily, then there’s ultimately something causing the problem.

Subpar Oral Hygiene

Typically, bad breath is caused by excess bacteria in the mouth that gives off bad odors. Oftentimes, bad breath is caused by oral problems like cavities, gum disease, tonsils with food particles, or cracked fillings.

These can be determined by your dentist and combatted through maintaining good dental care. Next time you floss, take a look at your floss. If it smells bad or is covered in blood, then chances are your bad breath is stemming from below average dental hygiene.

Sometimes bad breath can be defeated by merely adding an antibacterial rinse to your hygiene routine or remembering to floss after every meal. You could even try changing from a manual toothbrush to an electric toothbrush.

Illnesses Cause Bad Breath

Some bad breath is caused by medical conditions. Diabetes, liver disease, chronic bronchitis and even acid reflux can cause chronic bad breath. These can be determined by your primary care physician. Sometimes doing something as simple as adding an antacid to your vitamin routine will get rid of your bad breath.

Types of Foods

Most people don’t think about what happens to their food after it’s swallowed. But did you know that after food is digested, it goes into your bloodstream and is actually exhaled through your lungs? When you eat healthy and balanced foods, you’re less likely to have bad breath. Some diets, such as high-protein and low-carb diets can actually cause bad breath.

Ways to combat this is by eating raw fruits and vegetables. Try snacking on raw carrots or apples. Their fibrous exteriors will actually help clean excess bits of food and bacteria from your teeth. Also, avoid the obvious bad breath inducers like garlic, onions, and spicy foods. People who commonly eat garlic can actually not only have bad breath, but they’ll also have a strong body odor.

Extra Tips to Kicking Your Bad Breath

  • Drink a lot of water. Drinking water after meals will help loosen the debris from between your teeth.
  • Don’t drink too much coffee. Even though it’s tempting to drink coffee every second and hour of the day, it can actually cause bad breath. Oftentimes, coffee can leave a smell on the back of your tongue that’s difficult to get rid of. If you’re looking for a healthier caffeine fix, try green tea.
  • Don’t smoke. This sounds like a no-brainer since tobacco wrecks your oral health. It also leaves your breath undesirable.
  • Chew sugarless gum. Chewing gum will increase your saliva flow and give you minty fresh breath.

Contact Us

If you’ve tried everything you can and are still suffering from bad breath, come by City Center Dental Care and let Dr. Griffin assess your oral health. Even something as simple as coming in for your annual cleaning can keep bad breath at bay.

Do you have bad breath or any stories about how you combatted your bad breath? Stay tuned into our blog for more interesting tidbits about dental health and dental implants.