Stinky Breath? Here’s What To Do

We all get stinky breath every now and then but according to the Academy of General Dentistry, about 80 million people have chronic bad breath. Having chronic bad breath can affect self-esteem and cause much embarrassment.

Avoiding bad breath means avoiding many of the causes. Some foods, when digested, are absorbed into the bloodstream and to the lungs where they show up as bad breath. Here are a few things to avoid:

  • Garlic and onions
  • Coffee
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking

Good oral hygiene will help you avoid stinky breath. Much of the foul odors come from the bacteria that live in our mouths. These bacteria create volatile sulfur compounds that smell like rotten eggs. They key to removing this bacteria is good oral hygiene. Brush, floss and don’t forget to clean your tongue. It may be helpful to use a special tongue scraper to clean the bacteria off the back of your tongue where the toothbrush can’t reach. Avoid regular mouthwashes which contain alcohol, they make your breath smell even worse when the minty-freshness has worn off. Check for a mouthrinse that kills bacteria.

Sometimes chronic bad breath is the sign of a medical problem. Oral infections and gum disease will cause breath to smell nasty so make sure periodontal disease is treated and under control. Medical conditions such as sinus infections, acid reflux, diabetes, liver or kidney problems can all cause bad breath. If your oral health care is good and you still experience smelly breath, it may be time to check with your physician.

Regular visits to the dental hygienist for professional cleanings will clear out the smelly bacteria below the gum line where you can’t reach. Please contact Clyde, NC cosmetic dentist Dr. John Highsmith today at 828-627-9282 to schedule your next visit.

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