Bad breath can be caused by a variety of conditions in your mouth. Today we are going to look at three of them, specifically the effect that dry mouth, oral infections, and tobacco use have on your breath. Unfortunately, bad breath can lower your self-esteem and make you feel embarrassed when you are in social situations. Let’s see if our Darden DDS team in Glendora, California, can help you with this problem and get your smile back on track!
Dry mouth is probably the most common problem associated with bad smelling breath. This is where you discover how important your saliva is to your oral health, as it works hard to rinse oral bacterial residue from your smile. Drinking lots of caffeine, whether it is coffee, tea or soda, can cause your oral cavity to dry out. Other factors that create dry mouth include breathing through the mouth or using antihistamines to relieve nasal congestion. To alleviate dry mouth, stay well hydrated. Water is optimal for the breath, and if you want to stimulate saliva production, chew on sugarless gum or fresh fruit and vegetables, like apples and celery.
Sinus infections are often painful and cause horrible breath because the sinuses are plugged with mucus. To drain them, you want to open them and relieve the pressure. Saline sprays, allergy remedies, upping hydration, and nasal steroids can often clear the sinuses for relief.
Using tobacco, whether chewing it or smoking, it makes the breath smell bad. Unfortunately, using tobacco also raises your risk of gum disease which also causes bad breath. To overcome this condition, sign up for a cessation program and up your oral hygiene strategy. Daily brushing and flossing, along with a mouthwash to kill germs and proper hydration will go a long way to overcoming the effects of bad breath.
To improve your breath, we invite you to give us a call at 626.963.6006. Our dentist, Dr. Bryce M. Darden is ready to help you have the healthy smile and breath you desire!