Bad breath can be a real problem, especially when you want to get close to that special someone. While breath mints can help for a little while, they do not treat the problem. Treating bad breath involves much more than just covering it up.

The Causes of Bad Breath

Of course, if you want to impress someone, it is likely that you already know that you should not eat foods with onions and garlic in it. Besides food though, there are several other possible causes, including:

  • Some diseases are accompanied with bad breath
  • Lack of proper care of your teeth
  • Some medications
  • A cavity or infection in your mouth – gum disease
  • Tobacco products

Primary Causes

There are two causes that give people bad breath that are most common. The first one is a cavity. The decay in the tooth will give you bad breath. It will not disappear until the tooth has the decay removed and the cavity is filled.

The second major cause is gum disease. Your mouth naturally has over 500 types of bacteria in it. When it comes in contact with sugar, it produces acid, which can harm your teeth and gums. At the same time, it also produces sulfur compounds, which is what you smell.

When you have gum disease, you have an abundance of these bacteria in your mouth. It also will be building colonies in the pockets that are forming on your gums. You cannot remove these bacteria yourself. Getting treatment for gum disease can help remove the bad breath.

Why Mints Will Not Help

Even though you might try to cover up bad breath with mints, their ability to help is short-lived. This is because the bacteria that are causing the bad breath feed on sugar, and this causes them to multiply and produce more sulfur compounds.

Treating Bad Breath

If you have gum disease, which could be serious, you will need the help of a dentist to remove it. In addition to mouthwashes and medications, the dentist will likely need to physically remove the bacteria from the pockets on your gums in a process called scaling and root planing. This is a non-surgical process, but other procedures may also be necessary, depending on the severity of the disease.

Tips for Better Breath

You can also take some steps to help prevent bad breath. You can;

  • Brush your teeth after eating – but wait about 30 minutes.
  • Brush your teeth twice a day and floss – this can help remove early gum disease – gingivitis
  • Brush your tongue
  • Clean your dental appliances daily

Another cause of bad breath is having a dry mouth. When you do not have enough saliva, it lets the bacteria build up faster in your mouth. The acid builds up faster, too. Drinking water through the day can help but avoid sugary drinks (especially specialty coffees, teas, and alcohol) and foods. Your saliva not only helps keep the bacteria and acid under control, but the minerals in your saliva also strengthen your teeth.

The dentists at Global Family Dental can help with treating bad breath. They can also help discover the cause and provide dental treatment as needed. Call us today about any questions you have or to make an appointment.