A new article in Smithsonian magazine titled, “The History and Science Behind Terrible Breath” asks the important question: “Persistent mouth-stink has been dousing the flames of passion for millennia. Why haven’t we come up with a cure?” It’s an entertaining and informative look at the history of bad breath and what people throughout the ages have done to try to cure it. With this information in mind, the Sacramento Dentistry Group would like to answer why people have bad breath and what you can do about it.
Causes of Bad Breath
First let’s discuss what causes bad breath. There are a number of reasons why a person would have bad breath, but the easiest cause to resolve is food related. Consuming raw onions, garlic, and certain spicy foods (think curries) is a definite way to have bad breath that lingers for hours. Drinking a lot of caffeinated beverages actually dries out your mouth, so “coffee breath” is not unusual, as well as “morning breath” when we wake up in the morning. In all these cases, brushing your teeth definitely helps resolve your bad breath woes. For an extra boost at winning the war against bad breath, drink plenty of water, chew sugarless gum to get saliva flowing and brush and floss daily. Keeping a toothbrush and toothpaste handy at work for after meals and before client and staff meetings will take away a lot of anxiety about whether or not you have fresh breath. It also helps to use antiseptic mouthwash, like Listerine, to kill bad breath germs.
When More Treatment Is Needed
Despite your best efforts, you may notice that brushing, flossing, mints, gums and mouthwash just do not cut it. To find the reasons behind persistent bad breath, also called halitosis, our Sacramento dentists are here to help. An oral exam by the professionals at the Sacramento Dentistry Group investigates why you may be suffering from bad breath. It could be gum disease, chronic dry mouth, a throat or sinus infection or even an abscess. Once the cause is diagnosed, your war against persistent bad breath can be won. Our overall health also may affect our breath, so eating a healthy diet, avoiding smoking and excessive amounts of alcohol, combined with regular exercise, goes a long way towards reducing the likelihood of bad breath.
Contact the Sacramento Dentistry Group to schedule an appointment to cure your bad breath or schedule an exam and cleaning to enjoy the benefits of a fresh, healthy mouth!