When you’re having a conversation with someone, do you notice them inching away from you? When you try to steal a kiss from your sweetheart, do you feel them pulling away? Or has someone ever stopped you mid-sentence and handed you a breath mint?
If these situations sound familiar, then the people you interact with may be trying to tell you something. No, we highly doubt that they’re trying to tell you they don’t like you! Instead, we think it may have something to do with halitosis, otherwise known as bad breath.
Bad breath can be a very embarrassing problem. It can also feel like quite a lonely problem, as well. Not only could it affect your working relationships and friendships, but it can also come between you and your significant other. It can create a literal physical barrier between you and other people, greatly impacting your quality of life.
But chronic bad breath is a much more common and treatable problem than you might think. That’s why our team at Brar Dentistry offers treatment for this condition so that when you stop and smell the roses, the people nearby won’t be smelling you!
Today’s blog is going to help shed some light on halitosis and how to say goodbye to it for good.
Why Do You Have Bad Breath?
One in four people experience chronic bad breath at one point in their life, according to the American Dental Association. So it may help you to know that you’re not alone. But we know that’s little comfort when it can have such an impact on your life, and in particular, your relationships. Let’s take a look at some of the most common reasons for stinky breath.
Poor dental hygiene: One of the most obvious causes of bad breath, especially in children, is poor oral hygiene. Failing to maintain healthy dental habits at home, like regular brushing and flossing, will inevitably cause bad breath because it means that everything you eat and drink will leave behind more and more sugar and debris that take up residence in your mouth. The good news about this is that there is an easy solution. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing your teeth twice per day and flossing once a day to properly clear away all that smelly junk that gets left behind after you eat.
Food and drink: Another reason you might have bad breath is, of course, what you’re eating and drinking. Even foods that are quite healthy are notorious for their malodorous qualities such as: garlic, onions, tuna, certain cheeses, eggs, and broccoli. Drinks like alcohol and coffee also contribute to bad breath. Again, there’s an easy solution. Brushing and flossing regularly will help wash your mouth clean of the particles left behind from these foods and drinks.
Tobacco: Any tobacco use, such as smoking and chewing tobacco, can easily lead to chronic bad breath. The best way to combat this contributor is to simply stay away from it, not just for the sake of your breath, but for the sake of your oral and overall health.
Dry mouth: Something you may not realize is the importance of adequate saliva in your mouth. Your saliva is the body’s natural mouthwash. When you’re low on saliva, you can’t naturally clear away food particles. Consequently, dry mouth can lead to smelly breath.
Sinus-related Issues: Any time you have a sinus or respiratory problem like seasonal allergy symptoms or an infection, you’re probably going to be able to taste it and smell it. The problem with this is that other people can probably smell it, too.
Gum Disease: The bacteria in your mouth likes to feed off of the food and sugar that you eat, so if you don’t maintain a good oral hygiene routine at home and schedule regular dental checkups twice a year, it can eventually lead to gum disease. This can have a profoundly negative impact on your breath.
How Can Brar Dentistry Help You?
We offer treatment for dry mouth and bad breath to help you overcome the stink and get back to enjoying an active social life. Let us help you!