3 Common Causes of Bad Breath - And What to Do about It!
Has this ever happened to you? You’re having a nice conversation with someone, but you notice they’re slowly shying away from you while you’re speaking. Then the horrifying reality hits you – your breath is so bad they can’t even stand being close to you!
Call it kitten breath, dragon breath, or bottom of the birdcage – it’s just bad breath, plain and simple. Of course, some of the causes of bad breath are normal. Like that delicious burger with onion you had for lunch that left you with breath so bad you could clear a room.
So what can you do about bad breath? The answer depends on the source of bad breath. Our Metairie, LA dentists have helped lots of patients eliminate the causes of bad breath. Today we’re sharing three common causes and what you can do:
- Eating Foods with a Strong Odor – When you eat onion, garlic, or other strongly flavored foods, you are going to get bad breath. Deal with it by carrying sugar-free gum or mouthwash strips. But these remedies only mask the odor, so get yourself to a private place where you can brush your teeth (and your tongue while you're at it) to get rid of aromatic food debris hanging around in your mouth.
- Dry Mouth – People today are using more prescription medications than ever, and lots of those meds cause dry mouth. A dry mouth means you have less saliva, and less saliva means that food and bacteria linger in your mouth, causing chronic bad breath. So be sure to drink lots of water to combat the dryness or suck on sugar-free candy to produce more saliva.
- Periodontal Disease – One of the obvious signs of periodontal disease is bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth. This is caused by the odor-causing bacteria-filled plaque that sits on your teeth and gums. The first thing to do is visit one of our Metairie, LA dentists for a professional cleaning and exam. We’ll look for signs of gum disease and recommend treatment to restore your oral health and improve your breath.
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