Halitosis is a condition where a foul odor emanates from the affected person’s mouth, often referred to as bad breath. Bad breath can be embarrassing and cause psychological distress. However, with good oral hygiene and simple lifestyle changes, the situation can be remedied.
What Causes Bad Breath?
Usually, poor oral habits are the major causes of bad breath. The breakdown of the food we eat starts in the mouth when we chew. Some particles are left behind, and if you don’t brush and floss your teeth regularly, bacteria grow in between your mouth, gums, and tongue. These leftover food particles and odor-causing bacteria cause bad breath. Some medical conditions, such as kidney and liver disease, diabetes, sinus infections, and gastrointestinal infections, can also cause bad breath. Additionally, dry mouth, excessive consumption of caffeine, alcohol, & tobacco, garlic, onions, cheese, and other spicy foods can also give you bad breath.
How Can You Prevent and Treat Bad Breath?
To ensure your breath is always as fresh as possible, make sure you observe good oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing twice a day. Most people tend to reach for a piece of gum or a mint to try and mask Halitosis. Unfortunately, this doesn’t do anything to fix the problem. Instead, try the following:
- Brush (including your tongue, cheeks, and roof of your mouth) and floss daily
- Rinse with an alcohol-free mouthwash
- Use a tongue scraper regularly
- Visit us bi-annually for regular checkups
- Replace sugary beverages with water
While there are far more things than can be done to help prevent or combat Halitosis, these are some basic tips to help get the process going. If you would like to know more or need help clearing up any bad breath you may be experiencing; please schedule an appointment today! We’re here to help!