Routine semi-annual dental visits provide the opportunity to address dental health issues that arise between appointments. Such was with Lauren, who came in for a scheduled visit but had another issue to address. She had noticed that over the past few months, her breath was not as fresh smelling, and she could not alleviate a lingering bad taste in her mouth.
Lauren’s teeth and gums were relatively healthy, so we continued to investigate what could be causing her bad breath. We discussed with Lauren what, if any, lifestyle changes had taken place recently, careful to examine her schedule, diet, and dental hygiene regimen.
Lauren shared with us that she had begun a new calorie-restricted diet an effort to lose 15 pounds for an upcoming 10 year high school reunion. While healthy, sensible dieting is not necessarily detrimental to your oral health, (in fact fewer processed sugars and starches is great for your smile) it can cause people to inadvertently skip meals, and this in turn can contribute to bad breath.
The process of eating actually stimulates saliva production, a very necessary aspect of oral health. Saliva naturally remineralizes teeth and neutralizes harmful oral bacteria. Saliva is good, and so any loss in production is bad for you mouth and breath. Lauren had been skipping meals and even healthy snacks, and she began to understand how this adversely affected her oral health.
Lauren changed her eating habits so that she was eating regular, balanced meals, and she made sure to be adequately hydrated throughout the day. She quickly began to see improvements; her breath felt fresher and no longer odorous. If you have any symptoms similar to Lauren’s, please call our office or visit your Manhattan dentist online to schedule a consultation.
Lifestyle Changes Can Cause Bad Breath and Taste in Mouth