Dealing with Bad Breath

Temporary but sometimes permanent!

Bad breath is something we all experience at some time or another. Most of the time its only temporary but for some its a permanent problem that will simply not go away.

Often its strong foods that are the cause such as garlic and onions. Medication can also be to blame.  You may also notice that when you wake up in the morning you have that horrid ‘morning breath’.  When we sleep our mouth opens.  This causes our mouth to become dry.  Also during the night saliva production slows, again causing our mouth to become dry.  This is what causes our breath to smell.

A quick and easy test to find out is to lick the inside of your wrist with the back of your tongue.  Leave for a few seconds to dry and then sniff.  If it smells bad then chances are your breath smells bad.

A quick and easy test to find out is to lick the inside of your wrist with the back of your tongue.  Leave for a few seconds to dry and then sniff.  If it smells bad then chances are your breath smells bad.

Why does my breath smell?

So what causes bad breath?  Persistent bad breath that just will not go away is caused by gases which are released by the bacteria that is present on your teeth, gums and tongue.  These foul smelling gases can be made worse by bits of food that get stuck in between your teeth which starts to rot, again causing a foul smell.

Tell tale signs

How do you know if your breath smells bad? If you have noticed people turning their head away when your talking to them or even avoiding any face to face contact with you at all, then there is that possibility that your breath is to blame.

If your worried that your breath smells bad, why not ask a friend.  If they really are a friend they will tell you the truth.

Fresh Breath

To help keep your breath smelling fresh brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and use floss or interdental brushes to remove plaque or any trapped food particles.  Follow this up with a mouthwash.  There are special mouthwashes available to help combat bad breath, your dentist can advise which is suitable.  Many of these contain chlorhexidine, which used over a period of time can stain your teeth.

Any concerns regarding your mouth should always be checked with your dentist.  He will examine your mouth and offer advice regarding oral hygiene and diet.  A good, professional clean with the hygienist will also help your mouth stay fresh.

Chewing sugar free gum will also keep your breath smelling nice, as well as stimulating saliva production.

If all else fails…

Sometimes no matter what you do, you cannot change or improve the smell of your breath.  If you find that your bad breath is persistent, its probably time to see your doctor.  The smell of your breath may be caused by an underlying medical condition, possibly infections of the throat, nose or lungs.  Diabetes, liver or kidney problems can also cause your breath to change.