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Why You Have Bad Breath & How to Treat it.

It's normal to get embarrassed by bad breath, and for the most part in many social settings, It can lead to an embarrassing situation, but imagine how confident you would feel if you knew what caused bad breath, and how to treat it? 

While many causes are harmless, such as eating an onion or a bit of garlic, bad breath can sometimes be a sign of something more serious. Here are a few reasons why you may have bad breath.

Bacteria There are hundreds of types of bad breath-causing bacteria that naturally live in your mouth, and believe it or not, your mouth provides a natural environment that allows these bacteria to grow. When you eat, bacteria feed on the food left in your mouth and leaves a foul-smelling waste product behind which results in foul smelling breath. 

Brushing and flossing twice a day help get rid of this bacteria. If you stick out your tongue and look way back, you’ll see a white or brown coating. That’s where most of bad breath bacteria can be found. Use a toothbrush or a tongue scraper to clear them out.

Over-the-counter mouthwashes can also help kill bacteria or neutralize and temporarily mask bad breath. 

Dry Mouth Your mouth might not be making enough saliva. Saliva is important because it works around the clock to wash out your mouth. If you don’t have enough, your mouth isn’t being cleaned as much as it should be. Dry mouth can also be caused by certain medications, salivary gland problems or by simply breathing through your mouth.

To get more saliva moving in your mouth, try eating healthy foods that require a lot of chewing, like carrots or apples. You can also try chewing sugar-free gum or sucking on sugar-free candies. 

Gum Disease Bad breath that just won’t go away or a constant bad taste in your mouth can be a warning sign of advanced gum disease, which is caused by a sticky, cavity-causing bacteria called plaque, and you should see your dentist to determine your options. 

Smoking 

Smoking stains your teeth, gives you bad breath and puts you at risk for a host of health problems. Tobacco users are more likely to suffer from gum disease, and since smoking also affects your sense of smell, smokers may not be aware of how their breath smells. Giving up this dangerous habit is good for your body in many ways. Not only will you have better breath, you’ll have a better quality of life As prevention is always better than cure, the best advise would be to visit your dentist regularly. If you’re concerned about what’s causing your bad breath, make an appointment to see your dentist.  Regular checkups allow your dentist to detect any problems and stop them before they become more serious.

Until next time.  ~ the team at Bona Dental Clinic

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