Many people mistakenly believe that all bad breath is linked to insufficient brushing. The truth is that there are myriad causes of halitosis. Your dentist can help you identify the cause of your problem and discuss how to cure bad breath.
Your diet dramatically influences your breath. Because foods begin to be digested the second they enter your mouth, and because they are absorbed and distributed throughout the body, you probably will be able to smell strong foods like onions and garlic long after you’ve eaten them.
Therefore, using a mouthwash will only mask the smell. Constantly sucking on breath mints is also not a good idea. This may bring additional oral problems – especially if the mints have sugar. If you want real relief, you may need to avoid the strong foods altogether.
Furthermore, many dieters find that their diet regimen is making it harder to keep their mouth fresh and clean. Low-carb and no-carb diets promote fat burning, but the side effect of bad breath can be caused by the chemicals released during this process. Increasing water intake can help alleviate this.
Lastly, flossing regularly is often the key to truly fresh breath. Many folks don’t realize how much food can be stuck between their teeth, and this food can cause halitosis if it isn’t removed. More importantly, the food particles turn into plaque which can cause dental caries and gum disease.
I’m Dr. Brett Felton of Felton Dental Care in Missoula. My practice provides general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to residents in the Lolo area. I am enthusiastic about prime oral health for all of my patients, and that includes fresh breath. I also want them to love their smile, so if you have any questions about cosmetic dental smile makeovers or other cosmetic dental procedures, give us a call at 406-728-0896.
Smile! You’re going to the dentist!
The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/low-carb-diets-can-cause-bad-breath, accessed on August 12, 2013