Five Common Reasons for Bad Breath

  • Posted on: Nov 29 2016

Everyone has bad breath from time to time. This common occurrence happens when we wake up, after we eat or drink, and even when we are hungry. Of course, bad breath often happens when we want it the least — like right before an important business meeting with a client or, as a recent article in Glamour points out, before a goodnight kiss after a successful first date. If regular halitosis is an issue for you, know that you’re not the only New Yorker with the issue. However, the problem might be bigger than you realize. Here are some common culprits for bad breath, as well as some ways to combat them.

Smoking

Do you light up? Your nicotine habit can leave a distinctive smell in your mouth, and it’s one that can be difficult to mask with mints and mouthwash alone. In addition to the health risks that cigarettes carry, over time, the scent might become more noticeable or even a fixture in your life. Wise up and ditch the smokes.

Certain foods and drinks

Speaking of eating drinking, certain foods like garlic and onions can cause bad breath, as can sugary sodas and fruit drinks. Coffee is another bad breath drink of choice, and one that can linger until brushing takes place. This is especially important to remember at a workplace happy hour or on a dinner date where you want to come off as impressive. In those situations, look for foods like fruits and veggies, as well as spices like mint and cinnamon, which can improve the way your breath smells.

Build up

If you aren’t brushing, flossing, and having cleanings on the regular, chances are likely that food is sticking around in your mouth. And since certain foods can lead to bad breath, harboring those particles isn’t doing you any favors. You should also take special care to brush and scrape your tongue, which collects build up in the same ways.

Hydration

How much water do you drink in a day? H2O flushes out your mouth and keeps it fresh, so guzzling it on a daily basis can help battle halitosis. Water can also keep an appetite at bay, so if you’re craving something salty (and breath ruining), but need to keep smelling fresh, drinking water might satisfy your taste buds until you’re in a “safe zone” for eating.

Periodontal issues

Chronic bad breath can also be an early warning sign of periodontal issues like gingivitis or dry socket after a tooth extraction. Genetics, hormonal changes, poor nutrition, certain medications, and diseases like diabetes can all be classified as risk factors for developing periodontal disease, so be extra mindful of ongoing halitosis if you are connected to any of those circumstances.

If bad breath is giving you troubles or causing embarrassment, you can always make an appointment to discuss your options. It might be as simple as changing your dietary habits or hygiene routine, or something more dramatic, like periodontal treatments. No matter, we’ll be with you each step of the way to fight the issue and have you feeling confident when you’re face to face with others.

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