Most patients have dealt with bad breath at some point in their lives. Whether it is from food, dry mouth or some other oral health problem, bad breath is a real pain. Here are some helpful tips to assist you in combating your bad breath and getting to a happier smile!
What Actually Causes Halitosis?
Here are some substances that commonly cause bad breath:
- Medications. You may think they are only helping, but some medications can actually cause bad breath. Some of these dry your mouth out which also causes bad breath. Additionally, antihistamines, decongestants and diet pills can cause halitosis and dry mouth.
- Cigarettes or Cigars. The strong smell from tobacco products tends to linger in your mouth – causing halitosis.
- Alcohol. Interestingly enough, your body treats alcohol as a toxin and converts it to acetic acid. This causes bad breath and can also cause tooth decay.
- Strong Cheeses. Stronger cheeses may be tasty, but ones like Roquefort, Camembert, or Blue Cheese can also cause smelly breath.
- Coffee. Coffee may give you an extra boost in the morning, but it also stains your teeth and gives you bad breath that can linger for hours.
- Dehydration. Failure to get enough water in your body can allow armful bacteria to grow, giving you stinky breath and tooth decay.
- Garlic and Garlic. These foods contain sulfur-based compounds that cause your breath to stink, sometimes for up to 72 hours!
How Can You Fix Your Bad Breath?
Fortunately, there are many easy ways to freshen up your breath. Here are some of these remedies to repair your bad breath and assist with better oral health.
- Salt Water Mouth Rinses. Warm salt water can help cleanse your throat and tonsils of bacteria which sometimes cause stink.
- Hydrogen Peroxide Mouth Rinses. Much like the salt water rinse this can also help eliminate bacteria that causes bad breath in your mouth.
- Spices, Herbs, and Seeds. Cloves, parsley, cinnamon, cilantro, basil, mint, fennel seeds or aniseed can all help to freshen your breath and fight off odor causing bacteria. Fresh herbs are best, but dried ones can also help if that is all you have.
- Citrus Rinds. Lemon or orange rinds can freshen your mouth and give you a small pick-me-up at the same time. The citric acid in the peels can help get your salivary glands working to produce more saliva, which is great for rinsing your mouth of harmful bacteria. Try to limit these though since the acids can cause damage to your tooth’s enamel.
- Non-Alcoholic Mouthwash. Try a good quality non-alcoholic mouth wash to get rid of stinky smells in your mouth.
- Rinse With Baking Soda. Baking soda can help lower pH levels in your mouth and fight off odors.
- Tea-Tree Oil Toothpaste. Tea-tree oil acts as a natural disinfectant that will help cleanse your mouth. Stop by a health food store and try some of this natural remedy for fresher breath and better oral health.
- Peppermint Essential Oil. Try mixing this with water and rinsing your mouth. Just be careful not to swallow as this could cause upset stomach or other problems.
- Oral Irrigators. Try using one of these devices that shoots bursts of water through your mouth. Using irrigators helps remove plaque or bacteria that you missed when brushing.
NOTE: Using natural remedies is not a substitute for proper oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist. If you have a persistent problem with bad breath, see your doctor or dentist for specific diagnosis.
Additional Problems That Could Be Causing Your Bad Breath
Sometimes bad breath is actually a symptom of a much larger health problem. That is why it is so important to see your dentist regularly. They can help fix your oral health problem or direct you to the right health professional if you need additional help. These are some of the problems that halitosis can signal:
- Heart failure
- Kidney Failure
- Lung cancer
- Respiratory Infection
- Sleep Apnea
- Stomach cancer
- Tooth Decay or Gingivitis
Call Today For A Consultation With Dr. Shah
Here at Dental Smiles At Johns Creek, we have many amazing treatments to help you get a healthy and happy smile. Halitosis could be a sign of a serious health issue, so if you are suffering from bad breath, we encourage you to come get help from our wonderful staff. Contact our office and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Devang Shah today.