Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a foul smelling odour that comes from our mouth and unpleasant, both for ourserlves and those around us. If your breath continues to smell even after brushing your teeth in the morning, this means there is another underlying cause for the odour. At Wyndham Dental, we’ll conduct a thorough assessment of your oral health in order to pinpoint the cause behind your bad breath. Read on for more details on what could be causing your bad breath and how we can help treat it.
At Wyndham Dental, we’ll conduct a thorough assessment of your oral health to pinpoint the cause behind your bad breath. Read on for more details on what could be causing your bad breath and how we can help treat it.
Bad breath can be caused by many factors, the most basic being you own oral and dental hygiene. Keep reading to find out more!
Not regularly brushing, flossing and failing to clean the tongue can cause bad breath. Plaque buildup on teeth and gums leads to bad breath as bacteria in the mouth digest food particles, producing acidic chemicals that smell bad.
Over time, this leads to tartar and calculus build-up around the teeth, causing periodontal disease, swelling in the gums and the formation of deep pockets between your gums and teeth which contain smelly bacteria that makes halitosis a whole lot worse.
Along with plaque formation on teeth, bacteria present on the back of the tongue have a major role in contributing to bad breath.
Food such as onions, garlic and even certain spices are broken down by the body into strong smelling compounds, which can even enter the bloodstream and be released through the air we exhale. So being mindful of what you eat can help reduce the overall smell exuded from your mouth!
If you’re a mouth breather, or don’t drink enough water, your saliva production is greatly reduced, which can lead to pronounced levels of bad breath. Saliva acts as a natural cleanser and buffer, counteracting the acidic environment caused by bacteria. Additionally, its enzymes aid in digestion. During sleep, saliva production naturally decreases, but mouth breathing makes this worse, further diminishing its beneficial effects.
Furthermore, certain medications specific chemotherapeutic drugs and throat radiation therapy are known to affect the salivary glands and reduce saliva production. Low saliva leads to no washing or neutralising action, resulting in severe levels of halitosis along with higher levels of dental decay, swelling in the gums and formation of plaque and tartar build-up.
Using products containing tobacco, such as cigarettes, really worsens the bad odour from the mouth as it contains hundreds of harmful chemicals which react within the body and cause tissue damage, while reducing salivary flow and leading to dry mouth, tartar production and in turn, gum disease.
In cases of tooth extractions, sockets can sometimes become infected if not cared for and cause a very foul scent. Similarly, sinusitis and throat infections such as tonsillitis create pungent, foul scents which are expressed while speaking, coughing or even breathing.
Tonsillitis can also cause growth of stones, which are known to be one of the most unpleasant smelling conditions of the throat and can lead to halitosis.
The more often you drink alcohol the more likely you will experience bad breath. Consuming a lot of alcohol reduces your saliva production, which increases the likelihood of bacteria flourishing as it contains.
Having digestive issues can lead to bad breath. Acid reflux or constipation is caused when your stomach or intestines are not working effectively. They can release bad-smelling gas that make their way up to your esophagus. (tube that passes food and liquid from your throat to your stomach).
There are plenty of ways to treat bad breath, starting with improving your oral hygiene!
Prevention is always better than cure so make sure to schedule regular visits to your dentists to keep your mouth healthy, disease-free and your teeth sparkling clean!
Feel free to visit us at Wyndham Dental Solutions, where our team of dentists and dental hygienists collectively help to keep your smile fresh and healthy, and save you from ever having to worry about bad breath!