Don’t Let Bad Breath Stifle Your Success
One last look in the mirror…confidence is high. You are ready to take on the world. At the last minute you hold your hand up in front of your mouth and nose and blow to check your breath. Are you in the 50% of the adult population that has bad breath? Whether you are going on a date or stepping into the boardroom or anything in between, don’t let bad breath ruin your first impression.
There are a number of causes of bad breath ranging from dry mouth to the foods you eat to medical conditions. Certain foods like onions, garlic and various cheeses can produce strong odors after you eat them. Onions can cause bad breath for up to 72 hours! Coffee and tobacco products can also affect your breath.
Dry mouth and going long periods of time without eating are also causes of bad breath. These are probably the reasons you have “morning breath”. A lot of people mouth breathe when they are sleeping which reduces saliva causing dry mouth and worse breath. If you brush your teeth in the morning but don’t eat, your “morning breath” might return!
The most common culprit of bad breath is food particles stuck between your teeth that begin to rot and release an odor. Pass the dental floss, please. Flossing every day is the best way to make sure this doesn’t happen.
Less common reasons for bad breath are certain medicines and medical conditions like sinus infections, diabetes, reflux disease and bronchitis. If the dentists don’t find a reason for your bad breath, they will recommend a visit to your medical doctor.
Mouthwash is just a temporary fix because it wears off quickly. Sugar-free gum or mints will work on the spot, but here are some ways to get rid of bad breath and be ready to get up close and personal with confidence.
- Brush teeth 2 times a day (including tongue)
- Floss daily to remove food particles
- Remove dentures, partials, retainers and clean thoroughly
- Regular dental visits every 6 months to remove plaque and bacteria
- Drink water every day to increase saliva production
Now that you know some of the major causes of bad breath, use these suggestions to improve your breath and keep it fresh. If you have any questions about bad breath or need to schedule an appointment, call Patriot Dental today. We look forward to serving all your dental needs.