Bad Breath is a Bad Time

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No one wants to experience bad breath, from either side of the mouth. Whether your friends or spouse are complaining, or if you just don’t like that taste in your mouth, bad breath is something that can be and should be dealt with. Some acute forms of bad breath, like immediately after eating garlic or onion, are perfectly normal and okay, but more chronic forms are often an indication of unhealthy bacterial growth within your mouth. Today, we’re going to discuss some of the causes of halitosis (bad breath) and what you can do to avoid or treat this odiferous problem.

Common Causes

  • If you’re a smoker, there is little you can do but quit if you wish to avoid the odor left in your mouth. You can, however, keep some sugar-free mints or gum on hand to cover the taste and smell. When it comes to your oral health, smoking is bad for you. If you smoke and are interested in quitting, there are several organizations and products available to help you with that. Ask your Tulsa dentist during your next Tulsa teeth cleaning what they suggest or go to the CDC tip site.

  • Food is a common culprit, and it can be for one of two reasons. As mentioned above, some foods are pungent smelling and will leave their aroma in your mouth for up to a few hours. However, the breakdown of food within our mouths provides fuel for bacteria and these bacteria, when plentiful enough, can put off a foul odor of their own. The first instance calls for a mint, while the second is a reason to see your Tulsa dentist for a Tulsa teeth cleaning.

  • Infections within the mouth can cause a nasty taste and smell to linger. Common indications of this can be pus or secretions from around your gums or teeth, discoloration of gums or teeth, or fever, to name a few. If you think you are dealing with an infection, then contact your Tulsa dentist immediately so that they can treat it as soon as possible.

  • Poor oral hygiene is a leading cause of halitosis. When you don’t brush your teeth twice a day and floss between them at least once a day, you give the bacteria in your mouth a chance to flourish. When these bacteria are allowed to grow abundant, they produce a lot of waste—right on your gums and teeth—these excretions are acidic and can erode your tooth enamel and irritate your gums. Not only that, but they taste and smell quite unpleasant. If you’ve let your oral hygiene slide, then it’s best to contact your Tulsa dentist to schedule a Tulsa teeth cleaning and, of course, to start back up with proper daily oral care at home.

Many causes of bad breath are preventable and treatable, but not all. Some medications can lead to halitosis, but you should not stop taking them without consulting your prescribing doctor first. Whatever the cause, don’t let halitosis get in the way of your well-being, schedule a Tulsa teeth cleaning today.