Eating onions and garlic comes to mind when thinking of bad breath. But these aren’t the only reasons.
- Smoking – aside from the foul nicotine smell, smoking dry’s your mouth causing bad breath.
- Dehydration – lack of saliva causes bacteria causing order.
- Medications – some medications can also cause dry mouth or mouth breathing.
- Sleeping – saliva production decreases during sleep, which not only causes dry mouth but also causes bacteria growth which lead to bad breath.
- Food caught between teeth – If you don’t brush and floss after eating, food particles that are stuck in your teeth ferment causing odor.
- Infection – gum disease or cavities
Ways to freshen your breath.
- Brush and floss at least twice a day, preferably after meals to remove food and plaque from in between the teeth. Don’t forget to brush your tongue.
- Visit Lakeshore Dental at least twice a year for an exam and cleaning. Don’t be embarrassed to tell us about your bad breath. We can suggest special products to help increase saliva and stop bacteria from sticking on your teeth.
- Stop smoking/chewing tobacco. A good resource to help you quit is https://smokefree.gov/.
- Drink water throughout the day to stay hydrated. Water will help keep your mouth moist and wash away bacteria.