- June 16, 2017
Happy Summer from our team at Amber Dental! We hope you’re enjoying the season and all the wonderful things that come with it. This time of year allows you to get outside, soak up the sun, and be more active with family and friends.
Because of the warmer weather that calls you out of the house, summertime is especially pleasing to the senses. The bright sun shining, the symphony of music among the birds overhead, and the enticing aroma of backyard barbecues mixed with the perfume of summer blooms and the fresh air…
But this sensory playground isn’t fun for everyone, especially if you suffer from chronic bad breath or live with someone who does. Let’s be honest, the people who have bad breath aren’t the only ones who suffer!
That’s why halitosis can be such an embarrassing, and even isolating, problem. Persistent bad breath can put quite a damper on your romantic, social, and professional life. We dedicate many of our blogs to a healthy, attractive smile and try to inspire you to let us help you achieve that because of how damaging it is to have a smile you’re unhappy with.
But in much the same way, chronic bad breath can have the same negative impact on your quality of life! It can force you to avoid opportunities you’d otherwise enjoy, opportunities for closeness, connection, and engagement with other people. This is no way to live!
So that’s why Dr. Ardelean and our Sterling Heights dental staff want to address the problem of bad breath and offer solutions that will help you say goodbye to it for good!
As with any problem-solving approach, the first step is identifying the underlying cause. Here are three common culprits of bad breath:
Culprit #1: FOOD
The first thing that comes to mind when talking about food and its connection to bad breath are onions and garlic. While these are two of the most popularly blamed enemies of fresh breath, they certainly aren’t the only ones.
The fact is that every food you eat has the potential to cause smelly breath. We’re not saying that garlic and onions get an unfair reputation for their effect on your breath, but it’s important to point out that more than the actual food you eat, the bacteria that feeds off that food is the real enemy.
What we mean is that everything you eat gives the bacteria in your mouth something to feed off of. It’s really the bacteria that causes the underlying foul odor of bad breath. And what does the bacteria in your mouth love to eat more than anything else?
Sugar! Yes, delicious, tasty, highly addictive sugar. And one of the reasons chronic halitosis can be so challenging to prevent in relation to the foods you eat is that sugar is in almost everything! From that candy bar, to the bag of chips, to the banana you had for breakfast, to the fruit juice you drank on your lunch break, sugar can be found in all of those. Starchy foods like pasta break down to sugar once you’ve consumed it. Even healthy fruits contain natural sugars.
So what’s the solution? One of the things you can do is to eliminate the food supply for the smelly bacteria. Cut your sugar intake, and remember to brush and floss every day to clean away all the food particles left behind after you eat.
Culprit #2: DEHYDRATION
Dehydration leads to dry mouth, which can definitely cause bad breath. The reason for this is that dry mouth means there isn’t enough saliva being produced in your mouth that would ordinarily help wash away food particles and sugars left behind from the food you eat. As we said before, it’s the bacteria that have plenty of your leftovers to eat that leads to the foul odor.
So dehydration from insufficient water intake each day has a ripple effect on the state of your breath. Drink plenty of water, especially during the hot summer months, to help decrease your chances for dry mouth.
Culprit #3: ORAL HEALTH PROBLEMS
One of the first things we would ask anyone complaining about chronic bad breath is in regards to the state of their oral health. Do you follow the recommend home hygiene habits of brushing twice a day and flossing once a day? Do you schedule routine dental cleanings and exams with Dr. Ardelean?
If you don’t give your teeth and gums the time and attention they deserve, you will sometimes know it simply by how your breath smells. So in addition to staying hydrated and avoiding too much sugar, you should give us a call today to schedule a dental checkup with us!