Bad breath can definitely stand in the way of romance. No one wants to be up close and personal with someone who has mouth odor. Sometimes people are even unaware of the pungent aroma emanating from their mouth. This can lead to embarrassment. What Causes bad breath? Can it be treated?
Possible Causes and Solutions:
Dry mouth: Bacteria flourish in a dry mouth which causes bad breath. That is why most people experience morning breath. Saliva production decreases when we sleep. Saliva cleanses the mouth of bacteria. Drink enough water to stay hydrated. Chew sugar free gum to stimulate saliva production. Talk to Dr. Jafarifar at Las Vegas Preferred Family Dentistry about professional treatments for dry mouth such as saliva substitutes and oral rinses. Avoid alcohol based mouth rinses which dry the mouth.
Tooth Decay and Periodontal Disease: Studies show that in a healthy mouth there are over 140 species of bacteria. The numbers are even higher in an unhealthy mouth. This can lead to periodontal or gum disease, and dental caries, or cavities. These conditions can cause mouth odor. Practice good oral hygiene at home and visit our dentist for regular cleanings and checkups.
Smoking: Smoking causes and contributes to many unpleasant oral conditions. These include oral cancer, ulcers, stained teeth, gum disease, and bad breath.
Diet: Many of our favorite foods can contribute to bad breath. These include garlic, some dairy, and onions. These foods can be healthy so don’t avoid them completely, but do pay attention to what you eat prior to social events.
Health Issues: Mouth odor can be a sign of more serious health problems. Conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes and, gastrointestinal disease may cause persistent bad breath. Regular checkups with our Las Vegas Dentist and the primary care physician are important.
Everyone suffers from halitosis from time to time. Fortunately, there are things that can be done to prevent and treat it. Bad breath need not put a damper on your love life.