Charlotte Dentist, James Wells says bad breath is caused by many different factors, and is actually classified into two different kinds of bad breath. Transitory bad breath is caused by pungent foods or sleep. Then there is chronic bad breath, which can be a sign of a medical problem. Here are some of the most common causes of bad breath and some solutions.
Trapped food in the teeth, gums, and on the tongue are the most common cause of bad breath. Food particles attract bacteria, and cause bad breath. For example, when we have morning breath it is because during our sleep we have lower saliva production and this causes the bacteria to flourish in our mouths.
Dry mouth also causes bad breath. Temporary dry mouth can cause some temporary bad breath, but many people suffer from chronic dry mouth for a variety of reasons. Dry mouth can be caused by medications, age, surgery or radiation therapy which can destroy salivary glands.. Many experts suggest chewing sugar-free gum or purchasing products that increase saliva production. As soon as saliva production is back to normal levels, chronic bad breath should deteriorate.
Smoking and dieting are also common causes of bad breath. Smoke is a pungent, musty smell. It can cause bad breath and stick to hair, clothing and furnishings. Breaking the smoking habit is always the best choice. When someone diets it causes the stomach to release acids called ketones, and these ketones have an odor.
When bad breath becomes a problem because of dry mouth, the simplest solution is to increase saliva production. When dry mouth is the culprit increased saliva production doesn’t always get rid of chronic bad breath. The best solution for a chronic or even temporary bad breath solution is to seek a bad breath product like Breath Rx.
Breath Rx is a bad breath control system sold at South Charlotte Dentistry. The system helps patients control their bad breath with mouthwash, toothpaste, floss, mints, gum, and a tongue scraper with tongue scraping spray. The products in the Breath Rx system work together to control chronic or temporary bad breath by attacking bacteria and making it so that the worst and most chronic bacteria are unlikely to return.
Other solutions for people with chronic or temporary bad breath can include drinking lots of water, changing diet, practicing a dental hygiene regimen, chewing sugarless gum, and a changing mouthwash. Drinking water can flush out bacteria in the mouth. Changing diet to foods that are easier to break down can affect the gases that the stomach produces which come up into the mouth and can cause bad breath. Changing to non-alcoholic mouthwash and chewing sugarless gum increase saliva production. And of course, patients always want to have great regular dental hygiene. Regular brushing and flossing can work wonders to remove food particles trapped in the mouth and reduce bad breath.
Dr. Wells at South Charlotte Dentistry is happy to help patients find the right oral hygiene routine. If you are interested in receiving Breath Rx or getting other help with chronic bad breath please feel free to contact us for an appointment at 704-759-0908 or visit the website at www.southcharlottedentistry.com.