Where does bad breath come from?

Our mouths are filled with saliva, mucus, dead skin cells, tiny morsels of food, and millions of bacteria that are feasting on it all. The byproduct of this feast is a number of volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs), which let off an odor known as halitosis, or bad breath.

Reducing Halitosis

1) Solidify your sleeping routine

To minimize halitosis, we reduce the amount of food available to the bacteria in our mouths. To do so, we can adopt a regular oral hygiene practice before and after sleeping. Brushing and flossing our teeth in the evening removes the food and dead skin that builds up throughout the day. This prevents our mouths from becoming a breeding ground for VSCs as we sleep.

Since our bodies regenerate skin cells in the mouth as we sleep, we will always wake with VSCs from dead skin cells. That is why brushing in the morning is the best way to prevent bad breath throughout the day. To protect our digestive systems from these VSCs, we should brush and floss before eating and drinking in the mornings.

2) Drink more green tea

Green tea has been consumed for centuries for many energy and health benefits. On the molecular level, it is known for having antimicrobial and deodorant effects.

In a study done at the Department of Oral Biological and Medical Sciences at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, green tea powder reduced the number of VSCs present in mouth air for up to three hours after consumption. In the same study, chewing gum, mints, and parsley seed oil were found to only reduce effects during use.

Drinking a small amount of green tea or matcha every few hours can help reduce the odors of halitosis.

Try adding local honey to soothe your seasonal allergies, and lemon to add freshness and Vitamin C.

3) Get regular cleanings

Another leading cause of bad breath is tooth decay. When tartar – or hardened plaque – builds up on teeth, the enamel protecting the tooth softens, sometimes creating a hole – or cavity – that rots the inside of the tooth. When this is exposed to the air, it can be quite odorous.

The best way to prevent cavities is to see a dental professional every 3-6 months for a routine cleaning.

Cavities should be filled by a dental professional as soon as they are recognized. They can be detected in their early stages during a regular dental cleaning.

Contact us to schedule your next cleaning today! We are always accepting new patients at Exquisite Smiles.

If you live in South Attleboro, MA; Attleboro, MA; Cumberland, RI; Lincoln, RI; or Seekonk, MA we would be happy to help you address any of your dental concerns.