The holidays tend to bring us close to family and friends. A few lucky ones may be caught under the mistletoe. Don’t let bad breath keep you from getting close to people this season. Many factors contribute to embarrassing bad breath. It could even be a symptom of something more serious. Lake Forest dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, explains bad breath and gives some prevention methods.
The Start of Bad Breath
Bad breath typically starts where you think it might: eating. Digested food flows through our bloodstream. We breathe out those food molecules, spreading the smells of food we consumed. Once the food has passed through the body, food smells cease. So, strong food odors can only be masked by gum or mouthwash until the food has left the body. Irregular oral cleaning also contributes to bad breath. Not brushing or flossing leaves food particles in the mouth, breeding bacteria. If daily oral care doesn’t stop bad breath, it could be a sign of gum disease or an oral yeast infection. Dry mouth also causes bad breath. If you and your dentist cannot attribute the smell to any of these issues, the source may be more serious. Diabetes, liver or kidney trouble, or respiratory tract infections also create bad breath.
Bad Breath Treatment
For the usual causes of bad breath, patients can simply keep a routine for good oral health. Regular brushing and flossing with scheduled dentist checkups help keep breath fresh. Staying hydrated encourages saliva production, which aids in cleansing the mouth of bacteria-spawning food particles. Talk to your dentist about mouthwashes that might work for you. A mouthwash that is antibacterial can assist in freshening breath.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Lake Forest Dentist
If you want to correct or prevent bad breath, visit our office. Dr. Fondriest can recommend ways to freshen breath or perform a routine cleaning. Call (847) 234-0517 to escape bad breath today. We welcome patients from Lake Forest and North Shore suburbs near Chicago.