No One Likes a Smelly Kiss: Causes of Bad Breath

April 16th, 2015  
Filed Under Dental Health, Teeth Whitening  

Bad Breath

No One Likes a Smelly Kiss! Causes of Bad Breath

  Nothing is worse than going in for a romantic kiss only to find that your partner has horrible breath. Bad breath can ruin the mood in a romantic situation, and it can even make talking to or interacting with the person a challenge. The best way to prevent this problem is to learn about the potential causes and to make an effort to avoid behaviors that might cause you to develop bad breath.    

Common Causes of Bad Breath

  The official name for bad breath is halitosis, and it can be caused by a wide variety of things, including the following: Poor Dental Hygiene – If you do not brush your teeth regularly, food particles will get stuck between your teeth, where they will promote the growth of odor-causing bacteria in your mouth. Bad Habits – Certain habits, like smoking or chewing tobacco, can also lead to mouth odor by staining the teeth and irritating the gums. Over-consumption of alcohol can give you bad breath, too, so be mindful of how much time you spend drinking on 6th Street. Smelly Foods – In addition to poor dental habits, eating certain foods can also be problematic. A night out in the SoCo district may be fun, but it could be bad for your breath if you eat too much food that is heavy on onions or garlic. Other foods that can impact your breath include coffee, dairy products, and meat. While there are many foods that can cause mouth odor, there are also some that can improve conditions in your mouth. Drinking water and chewing sugar-free gum can improve your breath, as can rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash after eating.  

Treating and Preventing Bad Breath

  The treatment options for mouth odor vary depending on the cause of the problem. If your bad breath results from poor dental hygiene, then adopting healthier dental hygiene habits, such as visiting Lake Austin Family Dental regularly, is the best way to treat the problem. Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash can work wonders. If you have a severe problem – or if it is linked to tooth decay or other dental problems – your dentist may prescribe a special toothpaste or mouthwash. Making adjustments to your diet to avoid the foods mentioned above is another easy way to treat and prevent bad breath. Drinking a lot of water can also be helpful, because it stimulates saliva production in the mouth, which helps to flush out both food particles and odor-causing bacteria. Bad breath is a very common problem, but it is also easy to treat and prevent. Engaging in healthy oral hygiene habits and being cognizant of what you eat and drink can work wonders in not only treating but preventing bad breath.  

Lake Austin Family Dental Spring Teeth Whitening Promotion

  In addition to bad breath, no one likes yellow teeth either! It’s wedding season, and you know you want bright white teeth when you show off your smile in photos, so this spring we are offering a free teeth whitening with every* new patient exam. Simply claim the offer on our Facebook page, and schedule an appointment with us to start your way to whiter teeth! *Offer excludes anyone who has periodontal (gum) disease.