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Bad Breath

How to Stop Bad Breath

Whether it’s a case of morning breath or a long struggle with halitosis, everyone has encountered having bad breath sometimes. Fortunately, there ways on how to stop bad breath but the key is identifying what causes it in the first place. It can be a simple case of lack of personal hygiene or something more serious like gum disease or other systemic infections in the lung or gastrointestinal tract. Other times, it just comes down to what you ate for dinner!  How To Stop Bad Breath Toxins released by bacteria cause bad breath. To stop bad breath, we have to kill the bacteria that cause gum disease.

How to Stop Bad Breath

Practice good oral hygiene.

Start by keeping your mouth clean. Remember your food supply is also the bacteria’s food supply. Your best defense is to brush your teeth properly at least twice a day and floss once a day. This will help remove the food trapped between your teeth, as well as the food trapped in the gum line. These areas are breeding grounds for bacteria. If these areas are not cleaned well, bad breath is bound to happen. Do not forget to clean your tongue too. The rough surface of the tongue is home to a combination of dead cells, food debris, bacteria and its byproducts -- factors that all contribute to foul-smelling breath. Be sure to brush your tongue with your toothbrush after you brush your teeth or use a tongue cleaner. To brush your tongue, go over the front half of it very lightly with the tips of your toothbrush's bristles, taking special care to not damage your sensitive taste buds. Rinsing with mouthwash can also help keep your tongue clean. Use a toothpaste that is recommended by your dentist. Dr. Reese loves HA Nano Gel and Dental Herb Company Tooth & Gums Paste.

Watch what you eat.

The foods you eat can exert a lot of influence on the way your breath smells. So, if you're one of the 90 million people in America who have bad breath, it's time to examine what you usually eat. There are certain foods that are a problem even after you eat. Garlic and onions, for example, enter your bloodstream after you’re done eating, and they carry their scent to your lungs. This contributes to bad breath long after you’ve done eating. High-protein and low-carb diets, while are great for your waistline, aren't great for your breath. Eating fewer than 100 grams of carbohydrates a day triggers a condition known as ketosis, a metabolic state that causes your body to burn fat instead of sugar. Ketosis is notorious for causing bad breath too.

Drink water.

A dry mouth is an acidic mouth. And an acidic mouth means pH levels in your mouth are conducive to breeding bacteria. Saliva productions helps neutralize acidic pH levels in the mouth so make sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. It is also a good idea to practice drinking water after you have eaten teeth-staining foods and liquids like coffee, tea or soda. It will also help wash away food debris after eating.

Visit the Dentist.

For some, employing a toothbrush, floss and mouthwash more frequently to remove plaque, the nearly invisible film of bacteria that contributes to bad breath, will do the trick. Other just need to give up bad habits like smoking or get rid of foods that are bad for their teeth. For others, a professional cleaning to remove hardened plaque (tartar) will be necessary. Others still will discover that cavities and gum disease are at the root of their problems. This is why it’s best to regularly visit your dentist.

Dental checkups can go a long way to help identify potential causes of bad breath. Your dentist can perform routine maintenance on your teeth and check for other possible causes of bad breath after eliminating any causative agents in the mouth and refer you to a specialist accordingly.

Dr. Reese can teach you about oral hygiene and recommend dental products you can use to help keep your breath fresh. He does gentle, fluoride-free cleanings and afterwards, Dr. Reese will make sure you are aware of your oral health position and what options you have. At Indianapolis Dentistry we care so much about preventative care that we have shaped our 5-year warranty program around keeping regular cleaning appointments. As long as you continue to keep your oral hygiene visits every 6-months you can be eligible for free replacement or repair of Dr. Reese’s dental work within the previous 5-years. And if you’ve already had dental treatment, existing patients can be grandfathered into this program.

Call now for an appointment – 317-882-0228. Our clinic is located just north of Greenwood, IN.

What Causes Bad Breath?

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be embarrassing to a person. This unpleasant odor can either strike periodically (like morning breath) or be persistent, depending on the cause. There are many causes of bad breath – it can result from poor dental habits or maybe a sign of other more serious health problems. It can also worsen because of dietary choices and unhealthy lifestyle habits.

How Do You Know If You Have Bad Breath?

Know that you might not notice you have bad breath right away. And the common “breathing into your hand” to know if you have bad breath doesn’t work. When you breathe, you don't use your throat the same way you do when you talk. When you talk, you tend to bring out the odors from the back of your mouth (where bad breath originates), which simply breathing doesn't do. Also, because we tend to get used to our own smells, it's hard for a person to tell if he or she has bad breath. To know if you have bad breath, aside from asking a close friend or family member, simply lick the inside of your wrist and sniff - if the smell is bad, you can be pretty sure that your breath is too.  What Causes Bad Breath?

What Causes Bad Breath?

If you are one of the 90 million Americans who suffer from bad breath, here are some of the possible causes:

Poor Dental Hygiene

According to the American Dental Association, most mouth odors originate from the mouth itself – either from the food one eats or the bacteria present in there. Think of bad breath like any other body odor – it’s a result of bacteria reacting with other substances in the body and the bad odor is one of the resulting byproducts. Brushing your teeth isn’t enough as bits of food get caught between the teeth and on the tongue. Flossing should be done too.

Dietary Choices

Food like garlic, coffee and onions emit a strong smell and can contribute to bad breath. Oils from these foods are absorbed and the byproducts enter your bloodstream so you are actually breathing the odors out through your lungs three to four hours later. High-protein, low-carb diets also cause your body to burn stored fats for fuel instead of carbs and can lead to a condition called ketosis. Ketones doesn't smell particularly good.

Medical Conditions

Dry mouth (xerostomia) is a condition that affects the flow of saliva. This causes bacteria to build up in the mouth and this leads to bad breath. Dry mouth may be caused by some medicines, salivary gland problems or by continually breathing through the mouth instead of the nose. This is why if your snore when you sleep, you have a higher chance of having bad breath when you wake up than those who don't.

Occasionally, bad breath can be a sign of a more serious illness. The most common systemic causes of bad breath are diabetes or GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease). Diabetes can also cause ketosis, and the resulting bad breath is sometimes one of first symptoms that lead to diagnosis. GERD is a backflow of acid from the stomach to the esophagus.

Smoking

Not only does smoking cause bad breath, it also stains your teeth, irritates your gums and can even cause your senses of smell and taste to go flat. People who smoke are more likely to suffer from gum disease and also have a greater risk of developing cancer of the mouth, lung cancer and heart disease.

How Can I Prevent Bad Breath?

To prevent bad breath, you must get rid or avoid its causes listed above. You must get treated for any gum disease if you are diagnosed with one. If tooth decay is present, fillings should be done. Brush your teeth, gums and tongue for two full minutes, twice a day with a good toothpaste. Dr. Reese recommends Carifree HaA Nano Gel. Floss your teeth  - brushing alone only cleans up to about 60 percent of the surface of your teeth.

You can also make a running list of the foods you eat and ask your dentist which ones are most likely the cause of bad breath.

How Can My Dentist Help?

Dental checkups can go a long way to help identify potential causes of bad breath. Your dentist can perform routine maintenance on your teeth and check for other possible causes of bad breath after eliminating any causative agents in the mouth and refer you to a specialist accordingly.

Dr. Reese can teach you about oral hygiene and recommend dental products you can use to help keep your breath fresh. He does gentle, fluoride-free cleanings and afterwards, Dr. Reese will make sure you are aware of your oral health position and what options you have. Call now for an appointment – 317-882-0228. Our clinic is located just north of Greenwood, IN.

What is HA Nano Gel??

Make sure to ask about this product at your next appointment!  

A product Dr. Reese really loves at the office is Carifree's HA Nano Gel. According to Carifree, their Nano Gel is "a non-abrasive nano hydroxyapatite xylitol tooth gel that is an excellent alternative to regular toothpaste." But what does that really mean?? Essentially, the gel works to raise the overall pH level of the mouth to prevent both dry mouth, erosion, and decay. The pH neutralization is accomplished by the key ingredient, xylitol. Xylitol is a natural substitute for sugar that has anticariogenic properties, which discourages acidic pH levels in the mouth. Dr. Reese typically encourages patients experiences erosion or decay to use this product; however, it is a great product for patients also experiencing or dealing with: bad breath, dry mouth or throat, Invisalign, dentures, and custom or generic tray applications. This product is also fluoride-free! Make sure to ask whether this product is right for you at your next appointment with Indianapolis Dentistry!