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The Connection Between Bad Breath and Dental Health

[11 Feb 2009 | No Comments | 4 views | Author: Dee Braun, DrR, CA, CCT]
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A persistent unpleasant odor coming from your mouth will discourage folk from listening to what you have to say so many salespeople try to avoid bad breath. Most of us probably know that there is a connection between bad breath and dental health but few pay attention until someone points out the embarrassing fact that you have bad breath.

The primary cause of bad breath is bacteria. Bacteria normally lives in your mouth and has a purpose for being there but if the conditions are ideal the bacteria can grow causing morning mouth, or bad breath especially if we have also eaten onions, garlic or spicy foods. Coffee, and alcohol can also give us bad breath.

Poor dental hygiene is probably the single biggest reason for bad breath. If you avoid brushing your teeth or flossing for any length of time you probably can count on having bad breath. Not brushing and flossing can leave food particles on and in-between your teeth that can decay in your mouth can cause a bad odor. Infections in your mouth (periodontal disease) can also cause a bad odor in your mouth.

Respiratory infections such as throat infections, sinus infections and lung infections can all give you bad breath. Eating foods that contain onions, garlic or spicy foods may also give you a bad smell from your mouth.

Cigarette smoking or chewing tobacco and also give you stinky breath. Certain diseases that are called systemic diseases such as kidney disease, liver disease, lung disease, diabetes, reflux disease, and sinus disease can all give your bad breath.

The individual who has the bad breath may not know that they have bad breath because the odor-detecting cells in the nose can become accustomed to the constant flow of bad smells coming from your mouth.

If the bad breath is caused by poor dental habits you may have teeth that are coated with film, plaque, food debris, and you may have pale or swollen gums.

If the bad breath is caused by infections of the mouth you may have red, swollen gums that bleed easily when you do brush or floss your teeth. You may have a pocket of pus at the base of a tooth, loose teeth or ill-fitting dentures. You may even have open and painful mouth sores.

If the bad breath is caused by a respiratory infection you may have a sore throat, swollen lymph nodes in the neck, a fever, a stuffy nose, or colorful nasal discharge and a mucus-producing couth.

If you smoke you may have yellow stains on your teeth and if you drink coffee you may have coffee stains on your teeth that may signal you may have bad breath.

Dry mouth can be a symptom of bad breath because without saliva to wash away the bacteria the bacteria multiplies creating bad breath.

Your dentist can explain to you about all of these causes for bad breath and how good dental health can help end bad breath. Taking care of your teeth and preventing food from decaying on them is important if you wish to avoid bad breath.

Knowing the causes of bad breath can help you to avoid them or at least clean your teeth after eating or drinking things that may contribute to bad breath.

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