What Causes Bad Breath?

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Bad breath (otherwise known as Halitosis) is caused by odor-producing bacteria that grows in the mouth. You often leave traces of food in your mouth especially in between your teeth after you eat, so if you don’t brush or floss regularly, bacteria accumulates in your mouth. The sulfur compounds that the bacteria leave behind is what commonly makes your breath smell.

Certain foods like garlic and onions can also contribute to bad breath as they contain aromatic oils. Smoking is another major cause of bad breath as well as underlying health conditions like gum disease.

It is important to note, there are causes of bad breath that may not be so superficial, and that actually need to be addressed by your doctor or dentist.  

Dry mouth (otherwise known as Xerostomia) is a condition that can also cause bad breath and you will only be able to treat your dry mouth once the cause has been identified, so it is important to talk to your dental practitioner or doctor about the issue. Your doctor or dentist may change your prescribed dosage or medication that they believe cause your dry mouth. You can also help treat it with some of our dry mouth treatment products.

Some diseases, cancers and conditions like metabolic disorders, can also cause bad breath. Chronic reflux and GERD are common causes of bad breath.

Infections or chronic inflammation in your nose, sinuses or throat, which can lead to a post nasal drip, can also be causing your bad breath.

People often find bad breath embarrassing, especially in public, and it can cause anxiety in some people. Bad breath (aka halitosis) can be a major setback, not only for your self-esteem but also your overall health.

Does a Dry Mouth Cause Bad Breath?

Saliva helps clean the mouth, removing the particles that cause bad breath in your mouth. Suffering from Dry Mouth or Xerostomia results in reduced saliva production and can also cause problems eating, speaking and disrupting your sleep. When saliva is decreased in your mouth, it is harder to cleanse the mouth, which causes bad breath. 

Sleep naturally causes dry mouth, leading to bad breath, which is usually referred to as “morning breath.” It worsens when you sleep with your mouth open, which dries your saliva faster, causing dry mouth. Chronic dry mouth is a serious condition which may indicate underlying issues with the salivary glands, this should always be addressed by a dental practitioner or doctor.

Dry Mouth Treatment

Dry mouth can be treated temporarily, but for the best long term management it is important to identify the cause. Talk to your dentist and doctor about any medications you are on that could be causing a dry mouth and in turn, bad breath.

The first step in treating a dry mouth is to make sure that your mouth is moist. There are various specialty oral care products which can help in managing the symptoms related to dry mouth.

We have handpicked, professional grade dry mouth treatment products recommended by oral professionals that can assist moisturise your mouth. 

Everyday dry mouth treatment can be made easier with our mouth rinses, tongue cleaners, toothpastes, breath sprays and gels, or lozenges to stimulate saliva and to moisturise your mouth. We also have certain mouthwashes that are designed to handle dry mouth. Moisturisers that contain xylitol are known to be effective and can also protect you against tooth decay.

You can also adopt dry mouth treatments at home to compliment our products:

  • Don’t smoke or chew tobacco: Since smoking or chewing tobacco puts a toll on your overall health, it also worsens dry mouth. 
  • Use a humidifier: While you sleep, especially in the winter, use a humidifier to moisten the air as you sleep.
  • Stay hydrated: Make sure that you drink sips of water during the day. Keep a bottle of water nearby so that you can take sips at any time. 
  • Suck specialist dry mouth lozenges! 
  • Moisten your food: Moisten your dry foods with melted butter, sauce, etc. It will make it easier for you to chew and swallow dry foods easily.

How To Get Rid of Bad Breath

You can get rid of bad breath which also protects your teeth and gums. Try these products to make your mouth feel fresh and clean.

Stay vigilant with your dentist visits and make sure you have any dental issues treated as soon as possible. This includes regular x-rays, scaling and cleaning, and can sometimes mean antibiotics or surgery in some severe cases.

Brush and floss more often: You should brush at least once daily. Plaque and trapped food make it easier for bacteria to build up. If you’re worried about your breath, flossing more often may help to manage bad breath.

Rinse your mouth with a professionally recommended mouthwash: Mouthwash helps freshen your breath and helps you rid the mouth of bacteria. A great mouthwash will leave your mouth feeling fresh and clean.

You can also take steps to protect your mouth like swishing your mouth with clean water after eating. 

Bad Breath Treatment

The best way to reduce or get rid of bad breath is by ensuring good dental hygiene. This way, cavities are avoided, and reduces your chance gum disease. This includes brushing and flossing your teeth twice daily, and not neglecting the brushing of your tongue too.

Don’t forget to clean your dentures and other dental appliances such as Invisalign, retainers, plates, mouthguards and sleep apnea equipment. We have a range of professional grade denture and appliance care products to help you do this at home.

You should schedule regular dental checkups with your dentist and usually have your teeth professionally cleaned by a hygienist twice a year. This helps to remove the buildup of bacteria in pockets between the gums and teeth which make your oral health easier to maintain at home and will treat mild bad breath. For people who suffer from gum disease this is especially important.

Don’t forget to use an antibacterial toothbrush to help maintain your clean mouth between dentist visits. You should change your toothbrush with the seasons, so every three months get a new one!

You can also try adjusting your diet as food particles in and around your teeth, particularly foods like onions, garlic and spices, can increase bacteria and cause bad breath. 

Get rid of your bad breath with us!

The House of Mouth offers a wide range of oral care and whitening products you can order online to help manage your oral health. These products are recommended by dental practitioners globally, so you can trust them on your journey to better oral care and fresh breath.

Remember your mouth is an extremely important part of your body, for this reason it’s imperative to take appropriate measures to both control and prevent Dry Mouth and bad breath. Our large range of Fresh Breath and Dry Mouth products make this possible.

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