By Dr. Joseph Banker, Creative Dental Care
Everyone suffers from bad breath at one point or another. It can occur on a first date, before a job interview, while meeting with your CEO, and on your own wedding day. Even those who practice great oral care can be plagued by bad breath. Fortunately, once you know what causes it, it can be remedied.
What Causes Bad Breath?
Many people falsely believe bad breath comes from stomach issues. Although this can occur, almost all bad breath cases originate in the oral cavity. Poor oral hygiene is the biggest culprit from food that remains between teeth to bacteria that builds up on the tongue. The underlying cause of most chronic cases is odor-producing bacteria that are present in chronic infections that are often associated with advanced gum disease (periodontitis).
Other offenders are certain foods and beverages such as garlic, onions, coffee and alcohol. Garlic and onions can cause offensive breath that lingers long after they are consumed. If you have a big day planned, drink plenty of water and avoid these foods for at least 24 hours prior.
Coffee and alcohol are both responsible for causing a decrease in salivary flow. Saliva is needed to cleanse debris from the mouth and to flush away odor producing bacteria. Coffee also contains some compounds that may cause offensive breath regardless of its effect on the salivary flow.
How Do I Combat Bad Breath?
There are several proven natural methods to curb bad breath. First, make sure to eat generous servings of fibrous vegetable and drink plenty of water. Practicing excellent oral hygiene is important too. Besides brushing and flossing, one often-overlooked method is to use a tongue scraper. They are very effective in removing debris from the tongue, which can contribute to bad breath. Regular dental visits are very effective in preventing bad breath and developing techniques to maintain optimal oral hygiene.
Bad breath does not need to ruin your day or evening. Discover the cause and fix as quick as you can.