Just about everyone has suffered from bad breath at one point in their life. From morning breath to garlic breath, there are many forms of bad breath. But did you know that bad breath can be a sign of something much more serious than an offensive odor?
We have been serving our patients since 1988 and have seen a wide variety of bad breath cases. All of the dentists and hygienists at Today’s Dentistry in Brisbane’s Northside suburb of Chermside practice with the same philosophy: To give you open and honest advice on all your options, alternatives and the associated costs, allowing you to make the most informed decision.
We also all believe that all dental procedures can be painless, guilt-free and done without judging your previous dental work or decisions. We are here to help you achieve what you want, regardless of whether that is to relieve pain, improve your smile, cure your bad breath or just enjoy dental visits again.
With our knowledge and experience, we put together this list of 7 Surprising things that cause bad breath & 3 ways to fight it:
- Infection can cause a bad taste or breathThe most common one is from an infection. Whether it is pus draining into your mouth, or there is an infection in the gum or jawbone, you will also get a bad taste from that.
“Bad breath is usually picked up first by other people before the person who has bad breath.”
The problem with these is that quite often there is no pain associated with the early stages, so you can have this infection for quite a while, weeks or even months, before you start to get any pain from it.
The down side of this is, all that time that the infection is festering away the bacteria is going into your bloodstream and can cause damage to other organs: your heart in particular or your pancreas. This means you are at a much higher risk of heart disease, stroke or diabetes.
- Deteriorating fillings can cause a bad taste or breath
The second thing it could be is if your dental fillings are deteriorating it can give a metallic taste. Over time everything breaks down so the old silver mercury fillings can corrode or break down where they seal against the tooth and this will let in bacteria into the tooth so that decay can produce a bad taste too.
- Gases coming up from your stomach: sometimes acid can come up as well and cause damage to the esophagus.
- Bacteria in the mouth that can cause a ‘rotten egg’ gas: this is not so much bad taste but more bad breath. This bacteria usually lives on the side of the tongue and usually don’t cause any damage to the teeth.
- Food caught in between the teeth: this can smell or taste bad and will eventually lead to decay and potential infection.
- Smoking and Chewing Tobacco: among other health detriments, smoking and chewing tobacco can cause bad breath, tooth decay and stained teeth. The best thing you can do for your health is to avoid it all together.
- Dry mouth: dry mouth is a medical condition that is a common side effect of some medications and can lead to bad breath. The best way to combat dry mouth is with plenty of fluids. There are also some over the counter oral rinses that can be used.The down side of this is, all that time that the infection is festering away the bacteria is going into your bloodstream and can cause damage to other organs: your heart in particular or your pancreas. This means you are at a much higher risk of heart disease, stroke or diabetes.
How do you cure bad breath?
For those with chronic bad breath, gum and mints will just temporary mask the condition. To get to the root of the problem, try these four techniques:
- Brush and floss daily: the best way to combat bad breath is with good everyday oral care to ensure you are removing any plaque and food partials that can deteriorate and cause bad breath.
- Get checked for an infection: if you think that an infection is causing your bad breath, contact your doctor or dentist and make an appointment to get it checked out. You could save your life.
- Drink plenty of water: staying hydrated can help keep your mouth moist and flush out food particles that can remain in your teeth when you eat.
If you have trouble fighting your bad breath give us a call today on (07) 3263 2677 or book online! We have taken every effort to make the Today’s Dentistry practice in Brisbane a relaxing and comfortable place to be. We look forward to hearing from you!