Dentures when not properly cleaned can also give off bad odors. It is important to learn how to clean dentures carefully and effectively to reduce the chance for bad breath.
If despite practicing good oral health such as brushing your teeth after eating, using floss to get food particles out from between teeth, and brushing your tongue you still notice bad breath it may be a sign of other health problems. Other health problems that can contribute to bad breath include gum disease, poorly fitting dentures or other dental appliances, cavities, and infections of the mouth.
Most dental products that you purchase over-the-counter only mask the symptoms of bad breath and do not eliminate the causes of the bad breath. Be especially careful when buying products by checking the label. Avoid any product that contains alcohol. You can be advised of antiseptic mouth-rinse products that are helpful by killing germs that may be responsible for bad breath. Your dentist can tell you which products can do this for you.
Good oral hygiene involves simple steps that can keep you on the right track for preventing bad breath. The steps involve cleaning the teeth, tongue and gums by brushing, flossing and rinsing. Good oral hygiene prevents the excess build-up of bacteria that if left unchecked can form on your teeth, gums and on your tongue. Plaque should be removed by brushing and flossing on a regular basis to prevent bad breath. If left on the teeth and gums the plaque will harden, forms tooth decay and can irritate the gums, can cause gum disease and bad breath.
We can make sure that if we eat spicy foods, or foods that contain garlic or onions that we follow good dental hygiene. Sugary foods are especially known for contributing to the bacterial growth in our mouth so it is important to brush after eating sweets or when brushing is not possible to at least rinse our mouth with water after eating sweets and then brushing our teeth as soon as possible. Certain cheeses such as blue cheese, Camembert and Roquefort can contribute to bad breath as well as eating fish such as anchovies and tuna so be sure to brush your teeth as soon as you can after eating these foods.
Individuals who smoke are often accused of having "smokers breath". The ingredients of tar and nicotine along with other foul smelling substances create the unusual combination of bad odor that clings to the smoke that can be found on the teeth and other tissues of the mouth of a smoker, such as their tongue, gums and inside of the cheeks of the mouth. Another thing that makes bad breath for the person who smokes is the fact that the act of smoking dries out the mouth. A dry mouth is a contributing factor to bad breath. Another contributing factor for smokers is the fact that scientists have shown that those who smoke are more likely to have dental disease as a result of smoking.
Your local dentist can help treat your bad breath by determining if your mouth is healthy or not. Your dentist can also determine the cause of any odor and the source of the odor. Once the source is determined, your dentist will come up with a course of action to combat the bad breath. If your dentist determines that you have gum disease upon examining your teeth; you will be referred to a periodontist, or your general dentist may be able to treat your bad breath without a referral depending on the expertise of your dentist.
Why is it that these conditions can make a person have really bad breath? Well, your mouth contains saliva, which naturally keeps your mouth fresh and clean. If a person has dry mouth due to nerves, side-effect from a medication they are taking or just genetically make less saliva they will not have the normal amount of saliva to clean and freshen the mouth which of course will lead to really bad breath. When a person is ill and has post-nasal drip, the resulting drainage coats the back of the throat making a perfect place for odor-producing bacteria to gather. Foods that is high in protein like dairy products such as milk and cheese and others can create problems for those who are lactose intolerant. When they do eat dairy (and lets face it if you love dairy you probably cheat a little from time to time and eat it despite being lactose intolerant), the dairy products just sit there taking longer to digest all the while gathering odor-producing bacteria.
People who have the habit of ignoring poorly fitting dentures can also breed bacteria that cause bad breath. Individuals that practice the bad habits of smoking, chewing tobacco-based products can also not only cause bad breath but also cause teeth staining and reduce the ability for them to taste the food they eat. Tobacco products can also irritate the gums causing bacteria to congregate which will in turn cause your breath to smell.
There are quite a few different causes that may be at the center of your bad breath including the food and drink you have been consuming, dental issues that need to be addressed, dry mouth, diseases such as cancer, lung infections, and kidney or liver diseases. Certain mouth, nose or even throat conditions may also be at the center of the appearance of bad breath. When consumers use tobacco products they are subject to dry mouth and the unpleasant odor of tobacco. Periodontal disease is also more prevalent among those who smoke so bad breath on a smoker may also be from this source as well as the usual tobacco odor on the breath.