Anyone who has worked in the city long enough knows that closing a business deal has very little to do with what you say, or even how you say it. The meeting is really just to assure that who you’re working with likes you as a person. This is why you dress nice and wear cologne or perfume. Many of these meetings happen in the morning, and everyone has been in the situation where they can’t hear what a person is saying because all they can think about is how bad their coffee breath is. This is the last thing you want anyone to think about you when you’re giving a presentation. Your Upper East Side dentist at New York Family Dental Arts wants you to know the causes and how to fight bad breath.
WHAT CAUSES BAD BREATH?
The root cause of bad breath comes from the buildup of bacteria in your mouth. This is why “morning breath” exists. The bacteria in your mouth has had a chance to accumulate over the course of the night and not be broken up by your saliva. Some common factors that might lead to bad breath are:
- Food: This is the cause most people are probably familiar with. The food particles on your teeth can increase the amount of bacteria and cause your breath to smell bad. Certain odiferous foods like onions and garlic can even get into your bloodstream, which is then carried to your lungs and comes out in your breath.
- Tobacco: Smoking tobacco has an unpleasant smell on its own and this can be transferred to your mouth. Smokeless tobacco can leave a sticky film on the teeth that can lead to more bacteria and gum disease because it is difficult to remove when cleaning your teeth.
- Poor dental hygiene: If you are not brushing or flossing consistently, this allows bacteria to buildup in your mouth and create bad breath. Bacteria can even be trapped in your gums and on your tongue.
- Medication: Certain medications can lead to dry mouth. Saliva helps to naturally break up the bacteria in your mouth, so a lack of it can lead to bad breath.
WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT?
Treatment is as simple as practicing good oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing consistently is the best way to prevent you from getting bad breath. It not only helps eliminate the bacteria in your mouth, but it also breaks up the plaque that can cause tooth decay. You should regularly visit your dentist in 10021 for check-ups and cleanings as well. A professional cleaning is able to reach parts of your teeth that you simply can’t with your home routine. This will also enable Dr. Vaiman or Dr. Kessler to treat any underlying cause of your bad breath, such as gum disease. If your bad breath is due to dry mouth caused by medication, you can either try chewing sugarless gum to stimulate the production of saliva, or consult with the physician that prescribed the medication.
If you want to know more about how you can prevent bad breath, please give us a call today. We’ll be more than happy to tell you everything you need to know so you can make your next deal with confidence.