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How healthy is your Mouth?

Have you ever woken up one morning, yawned to take a deep breath in, only to realize how bad your breath is....yikes! So other than running for the mouthwash or a toothbrush, what can you actually do about your bad breath? So while I personally don’t have excess gum or tooth disease, I have gone through periods of my life where I noticed some unusually bad breath I found myself googling the cause and even wondering in horror is this halitosis?

Well for me the answer was no, but the following are the most common causes of halitosis:

  • Bacteria in the gums usually due to food and other particulates

  • Tobacco use

  • Ketogenic diets

  • Allergens and rhinitis

  • Poor dental Hygiene

  • Gum disease

  • Plaque Build up

  • Dry Mouth(often due to medication or conditions such as Sjogren’s Syndrome, etc.)

Gum Disease and Plaque Build-up are bolded above because they are the most common symptoms. Here are 6 ways to identify if you have gum disease:

  • Heredity – do you have a family member(s) who have had a lot of periodontal work and possibly bad breath?

  • Inflammation – are your gums sensitive and if poked by a potato chip will hurt for a day or more?

  • Bleeding – does flossing cause excess bleeding? (Some bleeding is normal)

  • Bad breath

  • Deep pockets- large space around all of your teeth and gums

  • Gum recession and sensitivity around each of your teeth.

Here are the best ways to reduce the inflammation and gum disease in your mouth:

iiiSee your dentist and get a referral to a periodontist.

  • Use a water pick instead of floss.

  • Eat an anti-flammatory diet (basics lower carbohydrates, remvove dairy products and eat good oils such as fish and avocado.

  • CoEnzyme Q10 – this helps to reduce gum inflammation and it can come in mouthwash but I also recommend doing it in Supplement form 100mg/day. (PerioBrite Mouthwash by Nature’s Answer).

  • L-Methylfolate 1 mg (Also Known as vitamin B9) a day especially if you have the genetic mutation for MTHFR.

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