When Bad Breath is Something to Worry About
Morning breath…dragon mouth…onion breath…there are about as many descriptions of halitosis as there are reasons for it occurring. Chronic bad breath is usually not just too much garlic for lunch.
Here’s a list of common bad breath causes, and what you might consider doing about each:
Garlic or other Strong Smelling Foods
If your breath overreacts, go easy on these foods. Following them with mints or parsley has little effect, and may make matters worse.
From Unhealthy Teeth or Gums
Your halitosis is sending a signal there’s serious dental problem that needs correction. You won’t get rid of it until you’ve eliminated gum disease and restored periodontal health. Call our office for an analysis that can identify whether your breath is related to gum disease or other dental problems.
While you were sleeping, so was your saliva. Reduced flow caused bacteria to grow in your mouth. It helps to brush and floss away trapped bacteria before bed, then have a glass of water at the nightstand if you wake up dry.
After Using Mouthwash
Most mouthwashes are alcohol-based, which dries out the mouth and inhibits flow of saliva. Try this instead: brush and floss again. It stimulates saliva flow while disrupting the bacteria that were causing the odor in the first place.
Some bad smells come not from the oral cavity but farther down the throat and into the stomach. Stress, acid stomach, the seeping of stomach acid back up through the valve sealing your esophagus from your stomach (“heartburn”) all may be culprits. A visit to our office (or your medical doctor) will help you know for sure.