The most romantic day of the year is right around the corner: Valentine’s day! You might be gearing up for this special day for your significant other with a candle lit dinner and thoughtful gift—plus, you can’t forget the breath mints. Nothing can ruin a date quicker than bad breath.
What if we told you that understanding the causes of bad breath can help you avoid the pesky problem altogether? If you want to make February 14th a day to remember —then continue reading this week’s blog post about how to avoid bad breath.
The Main Causes of Bad Breath
The Foods We Eat Can Cause Bad Breath
While you may think that you can get through your date with fresh breath by avoiding onions and garlic on your date, it’s really what’s left behind from your meal that can be the culprit of bad breath. Carbohydrates and sugars harbor oral bacteria within the mouth much longer than you may think. These hundreds of microbes that linger in the mouth give off Volatile Sulfur Compounds (VSC’s), both of which smell far from fresh breath.
Bad Dental Bacteria Can Cause Bad Breath
Little do many people know, the tongue harbors the most dental bacteria in the mouth. Without proper brushing, flossing and professional cleanings with your local dentist, a stinky film can form on the teeth, gums, and tongue. The usual result is tooth decay, gum disease and—you guessed it—chronic bad breath. If you haven’t scheduled an appointment already, be sure to effectively clean your mouth at home to eliminate the chances of developing bad breath.
Certain Health Conditions Cause Bad Breath
When your dentist examines your mouth, he first inspects for signs of tooth decay and gum disease. When gum disease continues to advance into periodontal disease, persistent bad breath may be present, one of the symptoms that you need professional treatments from your dentist.
Besides oral health conditions, systemic health can impact what smell your breath gives off. Poorly controlled diabetes can result in distasteful breath, and kidney failure is another hidden culprit to the problem.
Your Dentist Can Help You Avoid Bad Breath, Too!
One of the best ways you can combat bad breath is by taking excellent care of your oral health. Your dentist is your partner on the journey to optimal oral health—take advantage of their preventive care services to help you reach better dental health.
Your dentist would be more than happy to evaluate your mouth for any abnormalities during a scheduled dental checkup. From there, they will meticulously clean between each tooth and below the gum line. This helps your whole mouth by removing bad bacteria, dental plaque, and tartar from all areas of the mouth.
If you want your Valentine’s day to be a hit, the best thing that you can do to prepare is ditch the breath mints and schedule an appointment with your dental team here at Drs. Boyd.
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Here at Drs. Boyd, we understand that a healthy smile offers much more than great aesthetics. It affects your confidence from the look of your teeth to even how your breath smells. If you want to make sure your smile is in great condition—and keep it that way—call us today to schedule your next dental checkup and professional cleaning.