Bad Breath Blues

by | Jul 7, 2015 | Good Habits!

Should You be Concerned?

Ever since Listerine published it’s advertisement back in the 1920s depicting the loveless fate of those with stinky breath, we’ve been obsessed about keeping our breath minty fresh. The science behind bad breath can be pretty complex. There’s no universally accepted diagnosis method. Many who believe they have a problem with chronic bad breath (Halitosis) don’t actually have particularly worrisome odor.

Those that make significant dietary changes may experience an unpleasant side effect of “diet breath” with weight loss. When cutting carbs, the body burns fat for energy to compensate. When this happens, the body also produces keto acids that are released through urine and, you guessed it, breath. This can lead to odors that range from sickeningly sweet to rotten eggs.

For bad breath associated with weight loss drinking plenty of water can keep the mouth hydrated and help flush out the keto acids. A hydrated mouth also keeps your saliva healthy to naturally rinse out excess bacteria that can also cause unnecessary odor. Regular oral hygiene that includes brushing and flossing is the sure fire way to keep breath under control. If you are still concerned with the smell of your breath, gently scraping the back of the tongue and using an anti-microbial mouthwash can help eliminate odor causing bacteria.

Signs of Something More

However, persistent bad breath can be a sign of gum disease. Some other signs to look far are sensitive or bleeding gums, gum lines that have pulled away from the teeth, and a noticeable bad taste in the mouth. If you have any of these symptoms combined with bad breath, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with your dentist. Diagnosing gum disease early can significantly improve the treatment. We’re here for you and any of your concerns about your breath.

Dr. Merle Saldivar

Dr. Saldivar received a B.S. at Penn State University and a D.D.S. at University of Maryland. With over 10 years of experience, Dr. Saldivar is certified in the United States Dental Institue (Orthodontic Program) as well as Invisalign certified. She is fluent in Spanish, Tagalog-Filipino, and volunteers her services for Give Kids a Smile, a program that is part of the American Dental Association.
Dr. Merle Saldivar

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