Dentist in Palos Heights on Your Stale Exhale
As a dentist in Palos Heights, our office often treats patients who complain of a frequency of instances of halitosis, commonly known as bad breath. While some products like mints, gum, mouthwashes, etc. will help cover this unpleasant problem up for a short period of time, if persistent, the overall cause should be looked at…and not just for cosmetic or vanity related reasons. Today we have compiled some of the top causes of bad breath, as well as reasons why you should look a little bit deeper into this condition if it bothers you.
No one, especially your significant other, likes it when you wake up with a case of “morning breath.” While brushing before bed you can be reducing the likelihood of this awful A.M. aroma, the onset of it usually has to do with a lack of saliva production. We have seen in patients that breathe predominately through their mouths while they sleep, they have worse cases of morning breath and dry mouth related issues. Saliva serves so many purposes in the mouth, including acting as a natural “mouthwash” of sorts. By reducing its ability to flourish for an extended period, such as overnight, you could not only be suffering the off-putting odor consequences, but even be doing damage to your teeth as well.
Another, more obvious cause of bad breath is the foods that you eat. We have all dealt with the unfortunate fragrance brought on by someone (including ourselves) that ate onions or garlic recently, amongst other foods. If you brush, use a mint or gum right after- it can be masking this problem, but the issue is that the food has already been absorbed into your bloodstream. Your saliva starts breaking it down food (and associated odors) once in the mouth, but no “tongue scraping” may help you if you are breathing it out from a deeper place, like your lungs. Try avoiding alcohols, meats, spicy or sugary foods to prevent this issue from taking place in relation to diet.
Other causes of bad breath can include mucus accumulating in your throat and mouth from allergies or sickness, smoking, dentures that are not properly cleaned and even bacteria that is forming due to gum disease.
While some of these bad breath causes are completely preventable by easy changes you can make, some may take some more serious behavior modification, which your dentist in Palos Heights feels, will be worth it in the end.
For more questions about causes of bad breath or the dental problems, it may be indicative of, feel free to call us today at (708) 403-9848.