Have you noticed that when you’re talking to someone the person seems to back up slightly? Does your mouth often feel dry with an unpleasant taste? These could be signs that you’re suffering from bad breath. If so, don’t beat yourself up about it because you’re not alone in the fight against halitosis, as 80 million people in America have some form of the same condition. The good thing to know is that there are ways to combat offensive breath through preventive dentistry. And as you continue reading your dentist will explain some of the other remedies as well as reveal how the problem starts.
What Causes Bad Breath?
Bad breath (halitosis) can be brought on by a few sources, some more severe than others. Here are the main ones highlighted:
- Poor Oral Hygiene – When you fail to properly execute your daily dental care, the result will be an increased number of bacteria that will fester and grow. And one of the effects of their greater presence in your mouth is halitosis.
- Health Problems – Another cause of bad breath can be issues with your health. Persistent halitosis and unpleasant taste in your mouth can be a warning sign of gum disease, which is the result of plaque buildup.
- Foods – There are several foods that can contribute to foul odors emerging from your mouth. Some common culprits are onions, garlic and curry. Animal proteins can also cause bad breath because as they are broken down in your mouth, sulfur is created, which can leave a foul stench.
- Unhealthy Lifestyle – If you smoke or excessively drink alcohol, you can expect to suffer from bad breath. The former produces a host of toxins that infiltrate your oral cavity and cause all types of health problems, leaving a sign of how detrimental it as a foul odor. Excessive drinking, though, contributes to bad breath by drying out your mouth and slowing saliva production.
What Can Be Done About Bad Breath?
The methods of fighting bad breath are very simple but effective, and they include:
- Better Oral Hygiene – One way to put a serious dent in halitosis is to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. This removes the leftover foods particles and bacteria that can linger in your mouth and cause offensive odors.
- Improved Diet – A diet that has less sugars and has enough fruits and vegetables (alkaline) to offset the intake of animal protein (acid), will produce a more balanced environment that results in pleasant smelling breath.
- Flush Your Mouth with Water – An easy way to combat bad breath is to drink water after each meal to help flush away the remaining food particles.
- Visits Your Dentist – It’s very important for maintaining pleasant breath and protecting your oral health that you visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. These appointments are vital because sometimes bad breath is the sign of impending health issues that only your dentist will be able to identify. Furthermore, a thorough cleaning will remove plaque and the hard tartar that build up on your teeth and lead to a host of dental maladies.
To join hands with your oral expert in the fight against bad breath just reach out today and schedule your first appointment.
About the Author
A graduate of Georgetown University School of Dentistry where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, Dr. Larry Young has over 40 years of experience as a dentist. A former President of the Jacksonville Dental Society and adjunct assistant clinical professor at the University of Florida College of Dentistry, Dr. Young brings a wealth of knowledge to his patients. He practices at Larry Young Dental and can be reached for more information through his website.