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What Causes Bad Breath

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Bad breath is a problem for many individuals, but when you can get to the culprit, it is possible to combat.  Stop constantly popping mints into your mouth to mask your breath.  Consider the causes of the following information from Align Dentistry.

Firstly, halitosis, or bad breath, is caused by improper dental hygiene and sometimes diet.  It is essential to brush and floss your teeth after each meal and snack.  There are also certain foods that are more likely to cause bad breath, including:

  •    Onions 
  •    Garlic 
  •    Orange Juice 
  •    Cheese 
  •    Soda 

These are foods that enter into the bloodstream and then carried to your lungs.  The odor is then released through your breath.

Some Other Causes of Bad Breath 

There are other reasons for bad breath that include:

  • Dry Mouth:  Saliva is a natural cleanser, and when there is inadequate saliva in your mouth, dead cells can buildup and cause bad breath.  Dry mouth can be caused by medications and smoking or a medical condition.
  • Chronic Diseases:  Health conditions can result in bad breath.  For instance, kidney or liver conditions or failure, cancers, and lung infections can all result in halitosis.
  • Nose, Throat, Mouth and Respiratory Conditions.  These, too are a condition that can cause bad breath.
  • Tobacco Products and Smoking.  Tobacco can dry your mouth out and result in bad breath.
  •  A poor diet, or starving yourself can cause halitosis.  When fasting, ketoacidosis occurs which is a chemical breakdown.

Tips to Eliminate Bad Breath 

  • Brush and floss after each meal.
  • Avoid foods and beverages that you know that cause bad breath.
  • When brushing, gently brush your tongue to remove dead cells
  • Drink plenty of water.  This will help to keep your mouth moist and clean.
  • Increase your consumption of vegetables.
  • Get regular dental checkups.
  • Chew sugarless gum to simulate saliva production.

When Bad Breath becomes A Serious Problem 

When bad breath becomes a serious problem, it is time to visit your dentist.  Your priority should be scheduling an appointment and discussing your condition with your dentist.  Avoide eating, drinking, chewing gum or brushing your teeth before your dental appointment.

For more information 

For more information on dental care, or to schedule a dental appointment with Align Dentistry, we welcome you to contact us at the number below.  We can also be reached through our web page.

Call us at (02) 9723 5757 Enquire Now 

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