Few physical attributes or afflictions have as detrimental an effect on your social life as bad breath or halitosis. To appreciate this, just think of any conversation you’ve ever had with someone whose breath smells as though his or her toothbrush hasn’t seen action in days.
The good news is that, according to experienced dentists in Colorado Springs, Dr. Michael Bull and Dr. Sterling Rogers, bad breath is wholly preventable and treatable!
What Causes Bad Breath?
What makes anything smell bad, really? Bacteria, that’s what. “If your breath smells, it’s because you have more than a healthy amount of bacteria running rampage in your mouth and their odorous wastes are causing your mouth to smell bad,” explains the dentist in Colorado Springs. “The best way to prevent bad breath, therefore, is to practice good oral hygiene. Brushing your teeth two to three times a day, flossing before you go to bed at night and even using a tongue scraper and anti-bacterial mouthwash should keep your breath smelling clean and fresh for most of the day.”
There are, however, certain foods and beverages that will make you unpopular in the office, such as onions, garlic, anchovies and coffee, to name but a few. In the case of onions and garlic, their pungent juices are absorbed into the blood stream and released via exhalation, so unfortunately no amount of brushing will leave you truly kissable. Only time and a non-judgmental partner will take care of that.
What if I’m in Good Dental Health, but I still Have Bad Breath?
“The health of your mouth and that of your body are closely linked. Bad breath is usually the result of poor oral hygiene and health, but it can also be caused by other health issues, like respiratory disease or infection and conditions such as diabetes or liver disease,” explains the dentist in Colorado Springs. “If your dentist has told you that you are in good oral health and you brush and floss regularly, you may want to see your doctor. It could be a chronic sinus infection or something more serious behind your halitosis.”
Smoking, alcohol drinking and even certain medications that are linked with “dry mouth” can also cause bad breath. The good news is that kicking these habits or speaking to your doctor about an alternative medication or different dosage can take care of your problems.