What Causes Bad Breath?

It’s no secret that having braces can cause bad breath—but what exactly causes it?

The main cause of bad breath is the presence of bacteria. The bacteria living in your mouth work to break down food, sugars, and proteins. During this process, volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) are released, causing a foul smell.

Here are some tips to help you keep your breath fresh and your mouth healthy while you have braces:

Brush and Floss Regularly

Being sure to brush and floss after every meal can be an effective way to prevent bad-breath-causing bacteria from building up in your mouth.

Use Antibacterial Mouthwash

Using an antibacterial mouthwash can help fight off odor-causing bacteria as well as plaque, and gingivitis.

Stay Hydrated

When you have braces, you’re prone to experiencing dry mouth. Dry mouth occurs when there isn’t enough saliva present to keep your mouth wet. Everyone experiences it every once in a while as a result of nervousness or sleeping with an open mouth. Drink water throughout the day to keep your mouth moist and clean.

Keep Up With Orthodontic Appointments

Keeping your regular dental cleaning and scheduled orthodontic visits when you have braces can help keep any dental issues under control.

Orthodontic Care In Denver

When you are in need of a trusted Denver orthodontist who can help you regain confidence in your smile, turn to our team at Speaks Orthodontics. We have a team of orthodontic specialists who can help you achieve the happy and healthy smile you’ve always wanted.