Bad Breath & Remedies That Make It Worse

Posted on Jan 12, 2015 by William J. Claiborne, DDS MS

Contrary to what many believe, bad breath is not caused by certain foods we eat. Food odor is the result of sulfur compounds, which are released during the digestive process. These sulfur compounds emerge from the back of the tongue and throat, giving off an unpleasant odor.

Factors other than food can be causing frequent bad breath, however, such as gum disease, dry mouth, or certain medical conditions. While some products are promoted to conquer bad breath, these can merely mask the problem or even cause more harm. Home remedies are also risky with some that actually make the problem worse. These include:

• Breath mints – Long-lasting sugar candies create acid attacks in the mouth, increasing bacteria production.
• Alcoholic beverages – Saliva helps to remove oral bacteria. Alcohol is drying to oral tissues and reduces the amount of saliva in your mouth.
• Mouth Wash – Certain oral rinses contain alcohol, which decreases saliva. Having less saliva ups the production of oral bacteria.

The best way to eliminate bad breath is having teeth and gums that are in a healthy state. If you do not have twice-a-year dental check-ups and cleanings, call us for an examination. Once your mouth is clean, your breath will show it! Call (828) 274-9440.

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