This week brings another dental myth that we have decided was worth focusing on. This week we are going to go over one of the more broad and consistent myths that we hear regarding dental care. The myth that we’re covering this week is all about bad breath.
There is this major misconception that we tie to teeth brushing and poor dental hygiene. Because of this misconception, we see more and more people brushing more than they need to, which we learned in one of our first dental myth blog posts, actually breaks down the enamel of our teeth and makes them vulnerable to cavities.
Myth: Bad breath means that you’re not brushing well enough.
Truth: Bad breath happens for numerous reasons, and only one of them is bad hygiene.
Bad breath is something that we’d all like to avoid, but the truth is that bad breath negates from more than just poor brushing.
What does affect bad breath?
There are a few things that contribute to the way your breathe smells.
What you’re eating.
The food that you eat plays a major part in what your breath smells like. If you’re eating foods like garlic or onions, it’s bound to smell strong regardless of how well you brush. This is entirely unavoidable. If what you’re eating is causing your bad breath, it’s best to just brush after to entirely avoid that issue.
If you’re sick.
Illness can play a major part in what your breath smells like too. While not every sickness will bring about bad breath, there are a few, like pneumonia that are well known for adding a little bit of stink to your breath.
How often are you floss.
While dental hygiene doesn’t make up the entire reason that bad breath happens, it does play a part. Flossing is a huge contributor to what your breath smells like. Poor flossing habits contribute to bad breath because of the build up with plaque and gunk. These hidden particles, if they get away from being cleaned out for too long, the bacteria grows and spreads and can cause some seriously bad smells in your mouth.
If you’re someone that’s concerned about their bad breath, then it’s worth looking into these reasons listed above and whether or not they’re contributing to your bad breath. If the problem persists, it’s definitely worth scheduling an appointment with your trusted team of dentist here at Dr. Trainor’s dentist office.