It may be an embarrassing problem to admit that you have, or to tell someone else that they have, but bad breath can be a serious problem.
The trick to treating bad breath, medically called halitosis, is finding the origin of the condition. Most bad breath is caused by our old friend bacteria that also causes dental cavities and gum disease. Bacteria can build up when your oral care isn’t exactly what it should be.
Bad breath can also be made worse by eating certain foods, such as onions and garlic that have strong odors. Generally, even if you brush your teeth after eating these foods, the odor will persist until the foods have passed through your body.
Poor habits like smoking or using chewing tobacco can not only cause bad breath but will also irritate your gums, stain the teeth and reduce the ability to enjoy the taste of foods. Poorly-fitting dental appliances like dentures can also increase mouth bacteria.
Take Good Care of Your Teeth To Avoid Bad Breath
Good oral health care can prevent tooth and gum problems as well as keep bad breath away:
- Brush twice every day with toothpaste that has fluoride. Don’t rush – aim for 2 minutes per brushing. Replace your toothbrush every 3 months or after an illness.
- Floss daily.
- Brush your tongue every day too.
- Rinse with an anti-bacterial mouthwash at least once a day.
- Avoid sugary foods that can increase mouth bacteria.
- Drink lots of water to keep your mouth moist.
- Don’t smoke or chew other tobacco products.
- Come in for dental cleanings and exams every 6 months.
If your bad breath persists even with good oral care, please make an appointment to see us as bad breath can be an indicator of other underlying diseases or illnesses.
Persistent Bad Breath Needs Help
Dr. Lorraine Burio of Candlewood Dental Care has been treating and educating patients for over twenty-five years. Our office serves the New Fairfield, New Milford, Danbury, and Sherman areas of CT and Pawling, Patterson and Putnam Lake of New York. You can call us at 203-746-1200 or make an appointment here.