In our last post, we talked in brief about what causes bad breath even after brushing as well as how to cure bad breath permanently. Since bad breath, also known as Halitosis, has become very common, we at Emerald Dental Surgery feel like we need to outline more reasons why you or somebody near you might be experiencing bad breath.
So here are more causes of bad breath (Halitosis)
Decayed Teeth Or Gum Disease
In case you have noticed some black spots on your teeth, they’re probably there because your teeth are decayed. Moving of the teeth, bleeding or swelling of the gums might be a sign of gum disease. Both decayed teeth and gum disease are causes of bad breath. This is because cavities and bleeding gums facilitate multiplication of bacteria in the mouth. It is for this reason that you are advised to routinely visit your dentist every six months. That way, your dentist will be able to identify any gum diseases or cavities before they get worse and cause a bigger or more uncomfortable problem such as gum disease.
Dryness Of The Mouth
Whenever your mouth is dry, it provides the perfect breeding ground for bacteria which subsequently produces substances that smell foul. You should also know that a dry mouth could be a sign of an underlying problem. As such, you should never ignore a dry mouth. Seek medical attention when you experience it. Saliva helps in cleaning your mouth by washing away food particles and bacteria present. For a typical person, saliva is supposed to flow normally. Every spit is helpful in controlling sulphur compounds and neutralizing bad odor. You are advised to drink water often in order to stay hydrated throughout the day.
Another factor that causes bad breath even after brushing is hormonal imbalance. As your hormone levels increase, you could end up developing bad breath. This is very common in pregnant women. However, no need to worry much because after giving birth, nausea and the foul smell significantly reduces.
Eating Too Much Sugar
It is common knowledge that sugar is a cause of cavities. However, it not only causes these but helps feed bacteria present in the mouth, leading to bad breath. It is therefore advisable that you cut your intake of sugary foods as well as simple carbohydrates. Swap them with healthier foods and fruits such as apples. If you constantly chew gum, make sure it is sugar free.
Most prescription medication cause dry mouth because they decrease the level of saliva in your mouth. Other than this, they could sometimes release chemicals when broken down in the body. When these chemicals are carried through your blood stream, they end up affecting your breath.
People who often experience acid reflux may have the odors from recently consumed food making their way back up through the esophagus and then out of the mouth. This will subsequently cause bad breath. Constipation, bowel disorders and cases of poor digestion could also lead to bad breath.
High Protein Or Low Carb diets
It is important that you incorporate carbohydrates into your diet. They are crucial for your body’s well-being. Whenever you decide to go on extreme diets, your body’s metabolism is affected and this can be a cause of bad breath. Sometimes, consumption of high protein foods could cause difficulty in digestion. These kinds of foods tend to release sulfurous gases whenever they do not metabolize. In order to minimize these effects, opt for a more balanced diet.
Undoubtedly, coffee is a beverage loved by a lot of people. It does give a boost in the morning among many other benefits but unfortunately when it comes to your oral health, it could be a problem. It can also be a cause of bad breath. Coffee has intense flavor and also affects production of saliva because of the caffeine. Remember less saliva causes odor.
People like to indulge in alcohol for fun among many other reasons. However consumption of alcohol could also be a cause of bad breath since excessive intake dries out your mouth. It causes a decrease in the production of saliva.
Usually, the tongue has an irregular surface. That means you should be careful with how you brush it. If not, food could accumulate and eventually cause bad breath. In some cases, people have tongue problems they were not aware of. This is another reason why it is very important to visit a dentist for examination regularly so that they detect such.
Kidney problems have a tendency of increasing toxins in the blood because they are not properly filtered. This is a common occurrence in people with kidney failure or infections. In the event that you suffer from a kidney condition, it is important to seek a nephrologist’s help. The nephrologist will find a medical solution for your kidney ailment and as it subsides, the bad breath will automatically start to reduce.
Tonsil stones are usually known to hang in the folds of your tonsils. They are another cause of bad breath as they are basically calcified deposits that can harbor decaying particles of food not to mention bacteria. If you do not get rid of the tonsil stones, they could lead to bad breath. You should therefore seek the help of an ENT specialist in order to avoid this problem.
Alcoholic Based Mouthwashes
Some people will incorporate the use of a mouthwash in order to get rid of bad breath. This is usually a temporary solution. In some cases, some of these mouthwashes could actually contain alcohol that could in fact make things worse. This is because, naturally, alcohol dries the mouth. It is therefore recommended that you go for mouthwashes that do not have alcohol so that you get that minty fresh breath and feeling.
Post-Nasal Drip And A Strep Throat
Another cause of bad breath even after you have brushed your teeth is severe cold. This is because it may result in a post nasal drip which will subsequently contribute to your having bad breath even after brushing your teeth. Post nasal drip comes about as a result of excessive mucus gathering at the back of the throat, which is where the smell comes from. So in case you have throat infections such as a strep throat, seek medical advice in order to avoid complications of bad breath.
In case you have any questions about bad breath even after brushing your teeth, do not hesitate to contact us at Emerald Dental Surgery. We will be happy to respond to your queries.
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