Bad breath is a condition no one wants, but many find themselves stuck with. Having bad breath can make us feel self-conscious around others. “If someone isn’t brushing or flossing regularly, particles of food collect throughout the mouth, between teeth and along the gum line,” says Doctor Bruce Fine, of Fine Dental Care in Wayne. “Naturally occurring bacteria in our bodies break down these food bits by releasing chemicals, and these chemicals have a strong odor.”
Causes of Bad Breath
The old saying, “Garlic and onions can cause bad breath” is also true. Both contain pungent oils, but these oils cause only a temporary form of bad breath.
There are many other contributing factors to bad breath besides those caused by eating. Since saliva helps to naturally cleanse your mouth, a dry mouth condition presents an increased chance of bad breath. A dental professional has ways to help someone combat dry mouth.
“One cause of bad breath that many people don’t like to talk about is smoking,” says Dr. Fine. “Smoking not only can cause bad breath, but many other health risks as well. Simply put, if you smoke, you need to find a way to quit.”
Certain medications can also cause bad breath. Generally speaking, if you are on 2 or more medications, you are at high risk for dry mouth and bad breath, plus increased risk of cavities and gum disease. If you suspect this is a cause, go over your medications with your doctor and he or she will advise you.
Tooth decay and periodontal disease can also cause bad breath depending on the severity. If you suspect you are suffering from either oral condition, make an appointment with a dental professional as soon as possible.
Preventing Bad Breath
Bad breath can be prevented by simply doing a good job at brushing, and flossing those food bits away. Keep in mind, brushing alone will not remove the food bits that get stuck between teeth and gums: flossing is essential. If you feel you’re brushing and flossing properly, but still experience bad breath, you should consult with your dentist on what issues might be causing it.
Call our Office to Learn More
If you have any concerns about persistent bad breath, you can call Dr. Fine at his Wayne office “Fine Dental Care”, at 973-633-5440. Or for more information, visit www.finedentalcare.com.