We can all agree on one thing – no one likes smelly breath!
Did you know that it’s a major turn-off for people going on first dates? You may like everything about someone you meet and be very attracted to them, but if you’re getting close to their face and trying to be romantic, a whiff of bad breath can snuff out anyone’s charm.
A recent article in the Daily Mail by Jane Symons released a poll that found that one in nine people worry about our breath. However, no one really knows how many people actually suffer from the chronic condition halitosis.
No wonder people are frustrated. It’s a difficult problem to find either a cause or a permanent cure. Plus, t’s not always coffee and smoking that cause bad breath, contrary to popular myths. But what scientists do know is that the levels of volatile sulphur compounds (VSCs), that the foul-smelling gases and toxins that cause bad breath, are twice as high in people with periodontal problems compared to those without these complications.
There are three forms of halitosis according to NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (for the United Kingdom):
- Transient: Temporarily following digestion of smelly foods
- Pathological: From gum disease and poor oral hygiene
- Psychosomatic halitosis: Occurs when one is convinced of odor without real symptoms
The best way to manage bad breath is by seeing an oral health professional to check underlying periodontal problems. Being too aggressive with tongue scrapers and masking agents such as chewing gum can do more harm than good.
Stick to antiseptic mouthwashes. According to Professor Robin Seymour, Emeritus Professor of Dental Sciences at Newcastle University, avoid alcohol (overuse can cause oral cancer) and stick to the two most popular mouth-wash ingredients: chlorhexidine (CHX) and cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC). Be warned that CHX may interfere with tastebuds and will stain your teeth. Another additional ingredient often overlooked is essential oils.
At Dr. Mark Reichman’s office, we care deeply about all components of your oral health.
When people complain about bad breath, we understand there is a fear that you’re responsible for not taking care of your teeth. But dental professionals know that there is much more the bad breath than just daily brushing.
Here are five tips from the Dr. Mark Reichman OFMS to help you manage this condition.
- Quit smoking!
- An apple a day keeps the dentist away
- Brushing 2x a Day and Floss
- Scrape your Tongue
- Check in with your dentist
The best way to manage your oral health and the most honest resource you have to ask about your breath is your dentist.
Sometimes, bad breath can be a sign of another health problem. If you have do have chronic bad breath that is difficult to manage with regular brushing, visit your dentist. They will be able to rule out any oral health problems and identify if you are indeed dealing with a systemic problem.
Make your appointment with Dr. Mark Reichman in Vancouver, Canada today to get your halitosis checked out!