November 28, 2016
Approximately 65 percent of American adults have bad breath frequently. More than “morning breath,” halitosis springs from more serious reasons. Dr. James Block, dentist in Fremont, delivers solutions for this oral health concern.
What Causes Bad Breath?
Chronic bad breath strains interpersonal relationships where people live and work close by to each other. Additionally, bad breath can indicate a health problem. The professional team at James Block Dentistry lists the many reasons for bad breath and what can keep breath fresh and appealing.
Your Breath and What You Eat
James Block DDS, family dentist in Fremont, believes that dietary choices and the natural conditions inside the mouth cause most halitosis. The rotten egg odor expelled when an individual speaks originates with food residues left on and between teeth and on the tongue. Tobacco and coffee are big offenders, too.
While aromatic foods, such as onions, garlic, cheese and processed meats, cause bad breath, any food residue changes mouth odor. Carbohydrates and processed sugars are breeding grounds for the germs already present in everyone’s mouth. These millions of germs give off VSCs, or Volatile Sulfur Compounds, causing a characteristic rotten egg odor.
The roughly textured tongue holds onto food residues as do teeth and gums. Without careful brushing, flossing and professional cleanings with Dr. Block, biofilm accumulates, resulting in cavities, gum disease and halitosis. Any kind of denture, oral appliance (an athletic mouth guard, for example), or braces house bacteria, especially after meals and snacks.
Additionally, skipping meals can cause bad breath. Individuals on weight reduction diets or people who fast experience halitosis because oral tissues aren’t adequately hydrated.
Your Breath and Your Health
When Dr. Block looks into your mouth, he inspects for tooth decay and gum disease. Advanced gum disease, or periodontitis, causes halitosis, as does xerostomia, or chronic dry mouth. Dry mouth arises from oxygen therapy for COPD, dentures, some prescription medications and cancer therapies.
Systemic health changes how breath smells, too. Diabetes can lead to fruity-smelling breath, and kidney failure causes a urine-like smell. Respiratory infections, such as bronchitis, pneumonia and sinusitis, leave an acrid smell.
Drugs and Your Breath
If you struggle with bad breath, ask your physician or pharmacist about your prescriptions. Some cause halitosis. Ask about anti-Parkinson’s drugs, anti-depressants, anti-psychotics, allergy treatments and blood pressure medications.
The Secrets to Fresh Breath
Actually, they are really not secrets at all, just good common sense from your family dentist in Fremont. Dr. Block advises semi-annual oral examinations and professional cleanings to control plaque and tartar and to assess for tooth decay and gum disease. Of course, twice daily brushing is critical. (Choose al breath-freshening variety of toothpaste.) Floss around teeth and at the gumline daily. Some individuals use an over the counter tongue cleaner to scrape away lingering food residues.
Dr. Block may recommend a mouthwash to combat bacteria and Volatile Sulfur Compounds. He can suggest dietary modifications or a trip to the family doctor if he suspects a systemic problem such as diabetes or acid reflux. And of course, drink plenty of water as it cleanses the mouth and increases saliva production.
Learn More about Bad Breath
Don’t neglect halitosis. It can impact your health, self-confidence and interpersonal relationships. Contact James Block Dentistry for a consultation. He’ll investigate your concerns and help you have consistently fresh breath.
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