My teeth were starting to deteriorate, and I was running out of options to repair them. The dentist gave me a choice. I could wait until the bone loss was so bad that I would have to have my teeth removed and get dentures, or I could have them removed now and get dental implants. I opted for the implants. If you’re thinking of getting dental implants, you probably have a lot of questions. I love mine, but they took some getting used to. In this blog, I’m sharing my experience and all the information that I picked up throughout my implant experience. You can find out what the procedure entails, how to prepare for your implants, and how to care for them once they’re in.
You breathe into your hands to determine whether your breath is stinky, and yuck, it really is. Knowing you have not brushed your teeth in a few hours, you head to the bathroom and give them a good, thorough brushing. Breathing into your hands again, you notice that your breath has a fresher, minty quality – but there's still an underlying stinkiness you just can't shake. Why is this? How can your breath still be smelly after you spend three minutes brushing your teeth? Here are three possible explanations:
You might have gum disease.
Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gums that tends to arise when you're not as diligent with your brushing and flossing routine as you should be. Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss? Do they appear slightly red or swollen? Then you probably have gum disease, and the oral bacteria that are causing it are making your mouth stink. Remembering to brush twice per day and floss daily will help clear up gum disease, as will using an antiseptic mouthwash.
If your symptoms do not clear up on their own within a week or two of more diligent dental hygiene, you should see a dentist. Stubborn cases of gum disease are sometimes treated with antibiotics or deep cleaning procedures.
A decaying tooth may be contributing to the stink.
Many people assume that they can't possibly have tooth decay if they don't see a black spot on their tooth or don't feel any pain. However, tooth decay is sometimes hard to spot with the naked eye, especially if it's occurring between the teeth. Since oral bacteria rum rampant in a decaying tooth, stinky breath often arises. A visit to the dentist will determine whether or not decay is to blame for your stubborn symptoms.
Tonsil stones might be making your breath stinky.
Perhaps the problem does not lie in your teeth, but instead further back in the oral cavity. Your tonsils are located to either side of your throat and are shaped like little pockets. Some people develop tonsil stones in their tonsils. Made from dead cells, bacteria, and mucous, these little white stones have a pretty nasty stench and can cause ongoing bad breath.
Look into the back of your throat. If you see little white spots, or if you are coughing up small white balls now and then, you probably have tonsil stones. Consider visiting an ear, nose and throat specialist to confirm the diagnosis and seek treatment, which generally involves having the tonsils removed.
Even through its mint flavor makes your breath smell fresh for a little while, toothpaste is not always a cure-all for bad breath. If you have one of the underlying causes discussed above, the only way to make your breath truly smell clean is to address the problem at its source.Share