What Causes Bad Breath In The First Place?
Gums and Teeth – Huge causes of bad breath include cavities and gum disease. When bacteria linger in your mouth for a long period of time, a vile smell can be noticed. Keeping up with your routine check-ups and cleanings, as well as excellent home care will help eliminate agents that cause bad breath.
Dry Mouth – Dry mouth can be caused by medications, radiation, menopause or other diseases. Drinking water, chewing gum and using over the counter products such as Biotene can really improve salivary flow.
Stomach Issues – Acid reflux and other gastrointestinal issues can really impede on a healthy oral cavity. Added bacteria = increased chance of bad breath. Visit your physician if you feel your stomach condition is affecting you negatively.
How Can I Get Fresh Breath In A Jiff?
Sugar-free chewing gum or mints will give you a fresh taste and feeling in your mouth. Although it is temporary, this solution is great for those “OMG I have bad breath” moments.
Mouthwash is another great temporary fix for bad breath. By mixing one teaspoon of baking soda, some peppermint oil and water – voila! You have homemade mouthwash. Listerine (without alcohol) is also a great alternative.
Brushing and flossing your teeth can also provide some relief. One method that very few people incorporate in their routines is tongue brushing. A large amount of bacteria manifests on the tongue, so scraping your tongue with a tongue brush or your regular toothbrush in a ‘back-to-front’ motion, will significantly help reduce bacteria levels even further.
If you have any questions about the causes of bad breath or are interested to learn more about Dr. Agatha Bis Dentistry, fill out our contact form or give us a call at 905-338-6684.