Celeb Cosmetic Dentist Dr.Kevin Sands Offers Up Causes & Solutions
It is an embarrassing topic, really. No one wants to admit they have bad breath- worse yet, no one wants to tell you that you have bad breath. Celebrity cosmetic dentist Dr. Kevin Sands, who works with Hollywood’s elite including Kanye, Miley Cyrus, the Kardashians, Emma Stone, Robert Downey Jr., Charlie Sheen and many more, has the inside scoop on what to avoid, what to fix and how to freshen.
Causes of bad breath include:
Not brushing/flossing enough
Plaque is a bacteria that forms on your teeth and if not brushed away, can irritate your gums causing gingivitis. This can lead to plaque-filled pockets between teeth and gums- periodontitis.
Some medications can cause dry mouth, leading to bad breath. Lack of saliva in general can cause bad breath. Saliva helps cleanse your mouth, removing particles that may cause bad odors. Morning breath is the perfect example of this effect, as the mouth is more dry during sleep.
Postnasal drip associated with inflammation in the nose, sinuses or throat can cause bad breath. There are small stones that form in the tonsils and are covered in bacteria which produce an unpleasant odor.
Certain foods like the obvious onions and garlic as well as the not so obvious beef and fish can cause bad breath. Once digested, these foods enter your bloodstream, are carried to your lungs and impact your breath. Meat and fish
are proteins which can give off smelly gases
as they decompose.
• Eat breakfast! Chewing stimulates saliva production while food helps scrub bacteria from the tongue.
• Chew gum to stimulate saliva production.
• Add a humidifier to increase saliva production, thus preventing dry mouth.
• Drink plenty of water or liquids.
• Nasal spray keeps passages moist and helps those who snore or suffer from post-nasal drip.
• Carbs are not the enemy. High protein, low-carb diets can lead to ketosis. As fat burns, ketones build up and are released through breath. Ketones don’t smell good. Opt for healthy carbs like fruits, veggies and whole grains.
• Vitamin C rich foods prevent gum disease and gingivitis – both causes of bad breath. Foods like berries, citrus fruits and melon are good options.
• Vitamin D rich foods like yogurt, milk and cheese create an unfriendly environment for bacterial growth and can help reduce bad breath.
• Gum, breath mints, mouthwash, etc. are all helpful in freshening momentarily, but they won’t cure bad breath. For maximum freshness, brush, floss and don’t forget to scrape the tongue- a major area for bacteria.