Bad breath is caused by a variety of factors. In most cases, it is caused by food remaining in the mouth, dead and dying bacterial cells release a sulfur compound that gives your breath an unpleasant odour. Gum disease often causes persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth, and persistent bad breath may mean a sign that you have gum disease. Dry mouth or xerostomia may also cause bad breath due to decreased salivary flow. Saliva cleans your mouth and removes particles that may cause odour. Bad breath may also be a sign that you have a serious health problem, such as a respiratory tract infection, chronic sinusitis, postnasal drip, chronic bronchitis, diabetes, gastrointestinal disturbance, liver or kidney ailment.
Daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental checkups, will greatly reduce your chances of getting bad breath. When brushing your teeth its also important to remember that your often overlooked tongue as a culprit for bad breath, buying a special tongue brush or a toothbrush with a tongue brush on the back of this will allow you to clean your tongue effectively
Eliminating periodontal disease and maintaining good oral health helps to reduce bad breath. If you have constant bad breath, make a list of the foods you eat and any medications you take as some medications may contribute to bad breath.
For more information about bad breath and how to eliminate it contact the dental team at Smiles at SummerHill Dental in Newmarket, Ontario.