Questions about bad breath are very common in our Oxon Hill dental office. There are a number of reasons you might have bad breath thanks to the bacteria that naturally lives in your mouth.
There are many spicy and sugary foods and drinks, including alcohol and coffee that can create breeding grounds for bacteria, which can cause bad breath. Additionally, the chemicals in nicotine from smoking build up in your mouth so that the bacteria remains longer. Certain medicines can also contribute to how your breath smells.
The quick “fix” is to use sugar-free mints or gum, or mouthwash (which also kills bacteria) but to keep bad breath away long-term, you should remember to brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. You should also brush your tongue, as bacteria on the tongue can also be a source of bad breath.
While some bad breath is normal, other episodes could be a symptom of something greater. Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth might even be a warning sign of gum disease. Most don’t know this, but even a small amount of tooth decay can cause some serious breath issues. Your mouth might actually smell because it’s not healthy!
In addition to regular brushing and flossing, be sure to stay on top of your regular dental check-ups. Regular checkups allow us to detect any problems and stop them before they become more serious. Give us a call at 301-567-9844 and schedule an appointment today. Dr. Peter Merai is currently accepting new and emergency dental patients at our dentist office in Oxon Hill, MD. Request an appointment online today. Check out our new patient specials for adults and children before making your dentist appointment.