Dental Tips Blog

Mar
14

Horrible Halitosis

Posted in Bad Breath

Do friends take a step back, or even worse, turn their heads when you chat with them?  It’s rather embarrassing to discover you have bad breath – however, you’re not alone. More than 80 million people suffer from chronic halitosis, so it’s not unusual that you might be affected by it too.

Fighting Bad Breath

Halitosis can be caused by many things – such as a sinus infection, hormonal changes, or chronic diseases like diabetes, kidney failure and even acid reflux. In most cases though, bad breath simply begins in the mouth and is preventable by following a few tips:

  • Oral Hygiene – Are you brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing regularly? Poor dental hygiene habits allow food particles to break down, forming odor-causing bacteria.  Your tongue harbors more bacteria than any other part of your body. If you’re not including tongue cleaning as part of your oral care routine, it might be contributing to your unpleasant breath.
  • Food – It’s no secret that certain foods affect your breath. Avoiding odor-causing foods such as onion, garlic and even some spices can prevent unwelcome halitosis.
  • Dry Mouth – Saliva plays an important role is washing away oral bacteria and food particles. Without enough saliva, odor-causing bacteria lingers and grows.
  • Tobacco Usage – Not only do tobacco products dry out your mouth, but they also create an unpleasant odor that’s difficult to mask, even with good dental hygiene habits.
  • Oral Infections – Bad breath can be a sign of a more serious problem:  an infection in your mouth. Mouth sores, periodontal disease and tooth decay can create an unpleasant odor that needs dental intervention.

The best way to fight halitosis is by seeing your dentist regularly, and by ruling out any potential dental problems that could cause it. Call today to make an appointment.

Posted on behalf of:
Alan Horlick DDS
6572 Hwy 92 #120
Acworth, GA 30102
(770) 591-8446

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