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All About Bad Breath

August 07, 2022
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Do you often avoid talking to people because of your bad breath problem? We all have been in that situation in life at least one time. But, you might make the mistake of ignoring it and trying to use temporary solutions to fight it. Instead, visit a doctor, and you will be surprised to know how your breath can say a lot about your health.

So, if you want to know more about your breath, keep reading the article.

Causes for Experiencing Bad Breath

There could be varied causes of bad breath. Some of them include –

Food – Very often, food particles stay in the corners of your teeth and cause bacterial growth and lead to bad breath. Furthermore, food items like onion, spices, and garlic, when consumed, can also cause bad breath after getting digested.

Tonsil Stones – Bad breath could also be caused due to tonsil stones and the bacteria that cover them.

Dental Hygiene – Poor dental hygiene, like not brushing your teeth regularly or not flossing your teeth, could lead to a foul odor.

Dry Mouth – Lack of saliva production or Xerostomia can also cause bad breath.

Infection – If you have gone through any oral surgery or tooth removal, you might notice bad breath.

Gum disease – Mouth sores or gum diseases can also make your mouth smell bad. Gum disease treatments can quickly solve the problem.

Tooth decay – If you have one or multiple decaying teeth, even that might be a cause for experiencing bad breath.

Tobacco – Smoking or consuming tobacco products is highly harmful to your health and can cause bad breath.

What Could Your Bad Breath Indicate?

You might also experience bad breath if you have other severe problems in your health. If you notice breath similar to the smell of acetone, it might be a symptom of diabetes. Digestive issues like Crohn’s, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), celiac diseases, and constipation can also cause such problems. Furthermore, if you have other digestive conditions like GERD and acid reflux, you can experience bad breath. Sleep apnea or other sleeping disorders can also be indicated by bad breath.

Researchers in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology in 2013 showed that bad breath could also be a symptom of something serious like heart and kidney failure.

Natural Solutions

To avoid bad breath, brush your teeth twice daily, especially before bed at night. Along with that, make sure to clean your tongue and floss regularly. Scheduling a dentist visit can help you get rid of your problem immediately. You will not be able to understand the cause of your bad breath, but they will also help you find the best solution to treat it. Avoiding food items like cheese, alcohol, etc., can help you fight bad breath.

Take some warm water in a glass and add salt to it. You may use this solution as a mouth rinse. Rinsing your mouth with apple cider vinegar daily can also solve the issue. Frequently rinsing your mouth will help prevent bad health and assist with the associated bacteria. A 2015 study by some experts also showed that consuming green tea can help deal with bad breath. Rinsing your mouth with herbs like cloves, basil, parsley, rosemary, or mint can help in reducing plaque and oral bacteria. But most importantly, you must remember to drink a lot of water and stay hydrated.

Furthermore, probiotics are live bacteria known to be beneficial for health. Try eating food that has probiotics to reduce bacterial growth in your mouth. You may also consult with your dentist or a holistic practitioner for additional natural solutions.

If you are facing persistent bad breath issues, always consult your dentist and health care professional. Only they will be able to find the cause of your bad breath and treat you accordingly.

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Lamine Diallo
Lamine Diallo
02:21 15 Jun 22
My family and I have been receiving care from Dr. Ashraf and his amazing team since we first moved to Waterloo in 2002. His assessment skills are spot on, he is gentle and is very skilled at working with anxious\nervous patients. My dental hygienist is Lin who is very knowledgeable, and passionate about her work. She is amazingly gentle yet very,very thorough when it comes to preventative dental care. She is didactic as well, taking the time to teach patients how to use certain equipment as well as addressing gingivitis in pro-active ways. We are in very capable hands.
Trisa Kapetaneas
Trisa Kapetaneas
18:12 01 Jun 22
I have been a patient here for over 2 years now and I've always enjoyed the experience. The staff are professional and have always made me feel comfortable. I recently had a cleaning done by Lynn for the first time and she was amazing! Will continue to visit for my checkups/cleanings.
Aamir Mirza
Aamir Mirza
14:54 03 May 22
Dr. Ashraf and his team is amazing. All work done under one umbrella for entire family. We all are very happy to be under the care for the last 20 plus years. Lin, dental hygienist is remarkable professional. She knows her job so well that I look forward to my cleaning every time I'm scheduled. Thank you Lin for your amazing work for my entire family!
Alena Delena
Alena Delena
14:50 02 May 22
My family loves Dr Ashraf. We've been through many dentists in many cities and he's by far our favourite one. He's always thorough and professional. His referrals are also of equal high caliber. I went to him for a root canal and a crown. I had many concerns and he addressed them all personally. He even went so far as to redo a root canal for me. Recommend.
Nicole Wood
Nicole Wood
15:31 28 Apr 22
I found Ashraf Dentistry a year ago and I absolutely love their dental clinic. Everyone is very kind and thorough. Lin is the best dental hygienist I've ever had! She takes the time to ensure I receive the care I need. Both dentists I've seen have also been very kind and wonderful at making me feel like my teeth are being taken care of. Highly recommend!
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