No one wants to have bad breath. Let’s face it; it is inevitable to avoid bad breath all together. Having occasional bad breath from an overly flavorful meal isn’t what we are talking about. Do you or someone you know suffer from chronic bad breath? Bad breath can send the wrong impression or make a bad first impression. Most people don’t realize that halitosis is a condition that is hard for individuals to self detect. There are a handful of reasons and causes’ for halitosis, realizing you have it is the first step.
Bad breath is often a result of poor oral hygiene. If you do not brush regularly food or debris can get stuck between your teeth. Food that remains on your teeth, along your gum line or on your tongue will begin to decay and emit a foul odor. Plaque buildup attracts and houses harmful bacteria that also have an unpleasant odor. Some bad breath is caused by certain over the counter or prescription medications. Other leading causes of bad breath include flavorful foods, tobacco and alcohol. Periodontal disease and dry mouth are two oral issues that cause bad breath. If you have a respiratory tract infections, postnasal drip, chronic sinusitis or bronchitis you may temporarily experience a bout of bad breath. Persons living with diabetes, gastrointestinal issues and liver/kidney ailments also struggle with bad breath and denture wearers also complain about suffering with breath issues.
A great way to effectively combat bad breath is by maintaining good oral hygiene on a daily basis. Start by brushing your teeth at least twice daily with a fluoride tooth paste. Instances of bad breath can be reduced by nearly 70% if you begin brushing your tongue when brushing your teeth. Bacterium that is found primarily on the back of the tongue builds up and harbors debris and organisms that cause bad breath. Flossing your teeth once daily will help to remove food and plaque from between your teeth. Flossing will help prevent tooth decay and remove debris that causes an unpleasant odor. Regular dental checkups and comprehensive dental cleanings are an important step in the fight against bad breath.
Chewing sugar free gum helps increase the production of saliva which will help clean the mouth and give your breath a fresh feeling and smell. Drinking water throughout the day is another way to keep the mouth clean and keep bacteria build up from becoming stale and smelly. Bad breath is sometimes caused by a plaque problem. Your dentist may recommend a microbial mouth rinse that helps with problematic plaque. If you have concerns about bad breath no matter what is causing it, be sure to talk to your dentist. A dental professional can help identify the cause of bad breath and develop a treatment plan to remedy your problem.
Posted on the behalf of Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
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