There are a number of reasons you can have bad breath and you may not even know why. It can depend on the food you eat, your oral hygiene, or may even be a sign of more serious diseases such as gum disease. Expert periodontists Dr. Alexandre-Amir Aalam, DDS and Dr. Alina Krivitsky, DDS can help get rid of your gum disease and help you reach a healthy smile at the CENTER for Advanced Periodontal & Implant Therapy. Here are some different reasons why you might have bad breath and how to help get rid of it!
The Food You Eat
Did you know that the food you eat is eventually carried into your lungs? Although your food starts in your mouth, it is digested and carried throughout your bloodstream and eventually makes its way to your lungs. The smell of some strong foods like onions and garlic is exhaled as you breathe.
Foods high in sugar also cause bad breath. The bacteria in your mouth loves sugar so the more it gets, the more bad odor it produces. Try limiting your intake of strong smelling and sugary foods. Also brush your teeth after you eat or if you can’t do that then rinse your mouth with water.
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Bad Oral Hygiene
It is recommended that you brush twice a day and floss once a day. This helps remove the food that can get stuck in your teeth and create plaque which turns into cavities. The stuck food causes bacterial growth which can cause bad breath. If you have dentures, make sure those are cleaned well. Food can also get stuck in them which causes the same bacterial odors. Smoking and chewing tobacco also causes bad breath as well as stained teeth, reduces your ability to taste food, and irritates your gums.
Bad breath can also be a sign of something worse such as gum disease. Gum disease is caused by the buildup of plaque on the teeth which causes bacteria to irritate the gums. When the gums are left untreated, it can turn into gum disease. Gum disease causes bleeding gums, receding gums, bad breath, and even loss of teeth. It creates pockets around the teeth where the bacteria can reach the root of your tooth and get into the bloodstream affecting other parts of the body. Gum disease needs to be thoroughly cleaned from your teeth and gums and may require gum disease surgery.
If you have gum disease and may be in need of the best gum disease surgery in Los Angeles, contact Dr. Aalam, and Dr. Krivitsky. They are expert periodontists with the experience needed to help you know you are in the best hands.
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