Dental health and bad breath

Bad breath, medically known as halitosis, can result from bad dental health habits and can be a sign of other health problems. Bad breath can also be aggravated by the types of foods you eat and other unhealthy lifestyle habits.

How does what you eat affect the breath?

Basically, all the eaten food begins to be broken down in your mouth. If you eat foods with strong odors (such as garlic or onions), brushing and flossing – even mouthwash – will only temporarily mask the smell. The smell will not go away completely until the food has passed through your body.

Why do bad habits cause bad breath?

Dental health and bad breath if you do not brush and floss daily, food particles can remain in your mouth, promoting bacterial growth between your teeth, around your gums and on your tongue. This causes bad breath. Antibacterial mouthwashes can also help reduce bacteria.

In addition, bacteria and food particles that cause odors can cause bad breath if the dentures are not properly cleaned.

Smoking or chewing tobacco products can also cause bad breath, stain teeth, reduce your ability to taste food and irritate your gums?

What health problems are associated with bad breath?

Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth can be a harbinger of gum disease (periodontal). Gum disease is caused by plaque buildup on the teeth. Bacteria cause the formation of toxins that irritate the gums. If gum disease continues untreated, it can damage the gums and jaw.

Other dental causes of bad breath include poorly fitting dental appliances, yeast infections of the mouth and dental caries (cavities).

The state of health of the dry mouth (also called xerostomia) can also cause bad breath. Saliva is necessary to moisten the mouth, neutralize the acids produced by the plaque and wash the dead cells that accumulate on the tongue, gums and cheeks. If they are not removed, these cells break down and can cause bad breath. Dry mouth can be a side effect of various medications, salivary gland problems, or continuous mouth breathing.

Many other diseases and diseases can cause bad breath. Here are a few: respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia or bronchitis, chronic sinus infections, postnasal infusion, diabetes, chronic acid reflux, and liver or kidney problems.

The state of health of the dry mouth (also called xerostomia) can also cause bad breath. Saliva is necessary to moisten the mouth, neutralize the acids produced by the plaque and wash the dead cells that accumulate on the tongue, gums and cheeks. If they are not removed, these cells break down and can cause bad breath. Dry mouth can be a side effect of various medications, salivary gland problems, or continuous mouth breathing.

Many other diseases and diseases can cause bad breath. Here are a few: respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia or bronchitis, chronic sinus infections, postnasal infusion, diabetes, chronic acid reflux, and liver or kidney problems.

What can I do to prevent bad breath?

Bad breath can be reduced or avoided if you:

  • Practice good oral hygiene. Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste to remove food debris and plaque. Brush your teeth after eating (keep a toothbrush at work or at school to brush after a meal). Do not forget to brush your tongue too. Replace your toothbrush every 2 to 3 months or after an illness. Use dental floss or interdental cleanser to remove food particles and plaque between teeth once a day. Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash twice a day. Prostheses should be removed at night and cleaned thoroughly before being put in your mouth the next morning.
  • Consult your dentist regularly – at least twice a year. He will perform an oral examination and professional tooth cleaning and will be able to detect and treat periodontal diseases, dry mouth or other problems that may cause a bad mouth odor.
  • Stop smoking and chewing tobacco products. Ask your dentist for advice on kicking the habit.
  • Drink plenty of water. This will keep your mouth moist. Chewing gum (preferably without sugar) or sucking candy (preferably without sugar) also stimulates saliva production, which helps to eliminate food particles and bacteria. The gums and mints containing xylitol are the best.
  • Keep a diary of the foods you eat. If you think they can cause bad breath, take the diary to your dentist for examination. Likewise, make a list of the medications you are taking. Some medications may play a role in creating mouth odor.

Who treats bad breath?

In most cases, your dentist can treat the cause of bad breath. If your dentist determines that your mouth is healthy and the odor is not oral, you may be referred to your family doctor or specialist to determine the source of the odor and the treatment plan. If the smell is due to gum disease, for example, your dentist may treat the disease or refer you to a periodontics, a dentist specializing in the treatment of gum disease.

What products can I use to eliminate bad breath?

An antiseptic mouthwash can help eliminate the bacteria that cause bad breath. Ask your dentist which product is right for you.