Bad breath, a common oral condition that causes people distress, has a variety of causes. Today, our dentists, Dr. Jorge de la Osa are pleased to review just a few of these causes to help you better treat it.
One of the most prevalent causes of bad breath is drinking alcohol. This is because alcohol acts as a diuretic which can severely dry out the mouth. When the mouth lacks sufficient saliva to flush out bacteria, this bacteria promotes bad breath. Even drinking caffeinated beverages, enjoying spicy foods, and smoking cigarettes can all cause dry mouth. The first step in relieving a problem is avoiding it altogether, so if you can avoid or at least limit these habits, you will be on your way to fresher breath.
Another cause of chronic bad breath is diet, not just spicy foods, but specifically, a low-carb diet. As you remove carbohydrates from your diet and elevate your protein intake, the body burns fat for energy. This fat-burning process develops compounds called ketones, which produce bad breath. If you are on such a diet, you can help freshen your breath by regularly chewing sugar-free gum, as this chewing action stimulates healthy saliva production.
Another cause of bad breath is any illness that affects the mouth. This includes the common cold, sinusitis, and bronchitis. These illnesses produce odor-causing bacteria which feed off of mucus which invites bad breath. If you have a stuffy nose and have to breathe out of your mouth out of necessity, you may end up with dry mouth and bad breath. Drinking lots of hydrating fluid will help to relieve your dry mouth.
If you have chronic bad breath, you may want to come in for a check up so one of our dentists can determine the cause and help you find relief in El Monte, California. Our dental team at Sunshine Dental Group is happy to help you with your oral health needs. Please call 626.579.4274 and let us help you smile!