Have you ever had a breath mint shoved in your face after someone got a sniff of the odor radiating from your mouth? It’s not exactly the best feeling in the world and can be quite embarrassing.
If bad breath is a common problem for you, it’s important to determine the cause so you can then find a treatment that will freshen your breath for good. At Overmeyer Family Dental in Orlando, FL, we can make the process easier for you.
Learn more about the causes of bad breath below, then call Dr. Thomas Overmeyer.
Causes Of Bad Breath
- Food and drinks
Have you ever eaten a meal then noticed a lasting, bad taste in your mouth afterward? Or perhaps you’ve been told your breath wasn’t exactly pleasant. It’s likely the odor left behind by the food you recently ate.
The food you eat starts to break down as soon as it enters your mouth. Those food particles can then cause a foul odor in and around your teeth. Certain foods cause more of an odor than odors, like garlic, onions, and some spices. As these foods are digested, they enter your bloodstream, travel to your lungs, and affect your breath.
Certain drinks like coffee and tea can cause the same effect.
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
Smoking causes an offensive mouth odor that lingers long after you’ve out your cigarette. People who smoke or use tobacco products are at a much higher risk of gum disease, which can also cause bad breath.
- Poor dental hygiene
Brushing and flossing daily is essential to good oral health. If you don’t regularly practice these habits, food particles can linger in your mouth, resulting in bad breath and a slew of other problems.
When you don’t brush your teeth, a colorless, sticky residue called plaque builds up on your teeth. If that plaque isn’t cleaned off your teeth, it can irritate your gums and eventually create pockets between your teeth and gums, which is a sign of more serious gum disease.
- Dry mouth
Saliva works as your mouth’s natural defense system and helps clean your mouth by getting rid of particles and bacteria. Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia can cause bad breath because your mouth doesn’t have enough saliva to clear out odor-causing bacteria.
- Some prescription medications
Some prescription medications can contribute to dry mouth, leading to bad breath. While other medications are broken down in the body and release chemicals that can travel to your lungs and emit an unpleasant odor.
- Mouth, nose, and throat conditions
Certain mouth, nose, and throat conditions can contribute to bad breath. Small stones covered in bacteria can develop on your tonsils and produce a bad odor.
Additionally, infections or inflammation in your nose, throat, or sinuses can cause a post-nasal drip, which contributes to bad breath.
Additional, possible causes of bad breath include some cancers, metabolic disorders, or chronic acid reflux.
Chronic Bad Breath Treatment & Prevention
As innocent as it may seem, it’s possible your bad breath is a sign of a more serious problem. You’re better to err on the side of caution when it comes to your health. As soon as you notice that bad breath has become a regular problem for you, call Overmeyer Family Dental for a proper diagnosis and treatment. At our Orlando, FL dental office we can determine what’s causing the odor and find a treatment that will work for you.
In the meantime, there are steps you can take to reduce and possibly prevent bad breath from occurring in the first place, as well as avoid cavities and reduce your risk of gum disease.
First and foremost, you should practice good dental hygiene. A proper oral hygiene routine includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and using a mouth rinse as needed. You should also see your dentist for checkups and cleanings every six months.
Gum Disease Treatment & Fresher Breath
If your bad breath is the result of gum disease, we offer a convenient and effective gum disease treatment at Overmeyer Family Dental. Instead of traditional gum surgery, we use the LANAP procedure to get rid of hardened plaque, bacteria, toxins near and under your gums. With this option, you’ll experience very little to no discomfort while we rid your mouth of disease.