Common Reasons For Bad Breath
Whether you are going on a date, heading to a job interview, or just spending time with family and friends, bad breath can be an unwelcome guest. Don’t let bad breath get in the way of having a good time! Here are a few reasons why you may be experiencing bad breath and what you can do to improve it without sacrificing your oral health.
Dry Mouth – dehydration, snoring, medication
This is probably one of the more common reasons for bad breath. Saliva in your mouth helps to rinse away stinky bacteria that cause bad breath. If you sleep with your mouth open, don’t hydrate during the day, or take certain types of medication, then you may get bad breath from dry mouth. To avoid morning breath, sleep on your side and brush and floss well before going to bed. Stay hydrated during the day for fresh breath all day. Lastly, if you take antidepressants, antihistamines, or some chemotherapy drugs and you think they may be causing your bad breath, talk to your doctor.
Usually, bad breath is caused by a build-up of smelly bacteria, so it makes sense that an infection, usually caused by bacteria, can lead to bad breath. Gum disease is the culprit for a lot of infection-related bad breath. When you do not practice good oral hygiene, pockets between your tooth and gums form. Stinky bacteria like to hide in these pockets leading to gingivitis and eventually periodontal disease. You can prevent gum disease with a regular visit to Lakeview Dental Arts in Chicago, Illinois and by practicing good oral hygiene every day.
Similarly, if you get tonsil stones, a build-up of calcium and cholesterol in your tonsils, you may also experience smelly breath. Further, H. pylori bacteria, responsible for stomach cancer and ulcers, may be giving you stinky breath. Luckily, a simple test from your doctor can find out if you have this bacteria and give you an antibiotic to treat it. Lastly, an infection you may not have realized is connected to bad breath is a respiratory infection. Bacteria in your mucus rises up to your mouth through sneezing and coughing. This mucus is usually smelly because of the gut bacteria in it.
Bad breath can be difficult to live with; however, there are a number of ways that you can reduce the smell and take care of your oral and overall health. The first step you should take is to identify the cause of the bad breath. Do you have dry mouth or an underlining infection? After that, treat the problem. This may simply mean laying on your side, brushing your teeth more often, or staying hydrated. Other conditions may require a doctor’s intervention. Always check with Dr. Overholser and Dr. Marouf at Lakeview Dental Arts if you are experiencing any of these symptoms or bad breath. To plan your next visit to Lakeview Dental Arts, call us at our Chicago, Illinois, today!