- Is your mouth frequently very dry?
- Does milk or coffee leave a bad taste in your mouth?
- Do you have post nasal drip?
- Do people regularly offer you breathe mints?
- Is there a white coating on your tongue?
- Is your saliva thick?
- Do people frequently turn their heads or back away from you?
Did you know that most people who have bad breath aren’t even aware of it? Breathing into your own hand to see if you have bad breath is just a myth. . .it doesn’t work!
Having bad breath can make a serious dent in your social life, not to mention retarding your success on the job. We live in a social world, but all the social skills on earth can’t compete with bad breath.
It happens to the best of us. The pasties. The nastiest. Morning breath. Whatever you call it, the phenomenon of bad breath is completely unmistakable and universally embarrassing.
Sometimes we know we have it, sometimes we don’t – but what are we supposed to do about it?
The main cause of bad breath may be due to bad dental hygiene, bacteria in mouth, infection, diabetes, drugs, gum disease, liver disease, smoking and tooth decay. Plaque on the tongue can cause bad breath where bacteria can grow. If you do not clean your mouth after consuming alcoholic drinks, tobacco chewing, cigarette smoking, and foods like onions, garlic, etc., it can contribute to bad breadth.
Millions of people throughout the world suffer from bad breath.
“It’s been said that 90 per cent of bad breath
comes from the mouth“
“It is only on rare occasions that bad breath is the result of an upper respiratory tract problem, gastric issues or specific conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes. The starting point for anybody concerned about their breath is in the oral cavity – the mouth.”
The worst breath usually hits in the morning because we don’t salivate during sleep. Our mouth gets dry and the bacteria have no source of sugar to metabolize. They then resort to breaking down any protein they can find, resulting in the production of sulfurous gases and a dry, smelly mouth.
Bad breath is caused, primarily by bacteria. Good oral hygiene – including brushing and flossing – is the best way to prevent bad breath.
In general, good oral hygiene – including brushing and flossing – is the best way to prevent bad breath. When you find yourself having a bad breath day, try flushing away bacteria by brushing your teeth – especially your tongue where bacteria accumulate. If brushing isn’t possible, chewing will help to reduce odors.
“Chewing on mint, or gum can give you better breath because, by chewing, you produce saliva that washes away the bacteria. But even if you chewed on a ball of wax, you would reduce the bad breath,” he says.
So what about all the commercial products available for bad breath? “Most of the products available on the market are just masking agents – they do not cure bad breath. It’s more of a cosmetic effect”. If we determine that you have a clinical problem, then we may prescribe an anti-bacterial mouthwash for therapeutic purposes.
The biggest culprit of bad breath is, by far, smoking.
Aside from all the known health risks, smoking can cause significant damage to the gums and very smelly breath. The good news is that people can expect a marked improvement in their breath and the health of their gums when they stop smoking.
Women have an additional worry – while menstruating, their breath is measurably worse than normal. “scientist have found that the hormones released during the menstrual cycle exacerbate bad breath. It is similar to the way the gums are adversely affected during pregnancy,”. There is no comparable bad breath ‘time of the month’ for men.