Tips For Fighting Bad Breath
By Kenneth Bagby, D.D.S. on January 02, 2017
Bad breath is a common problem, common enough that up to 50% or more of adults will suffer from it in their lifetimes. There are many causes to bad breath, and the most prevalent causes are both temporary and easily treatable.
Food is an obvious reason for bad breath. Onions and Garlic, coffee, etc.—what you eat is going to have an effect on your breath. Some foods are more offensive than others. Another obvious, and quickly treatable cause, is dry mouth. Dry mouth is most likely a harmless condition, indicating a slight dehydration, or maybe even a case of nervousness. But there are a few more serious conditions of which dry mouth is a symptom: i.e., salivary gland issues. Smoked and smokeless tobacco are also obvious causes, although there are a host of other reasons as to why you should quit tobacco, aside from bad breath. Bad breath is a sign o a more serious problem, when it’s caused by mouth disease, or other serious medical conditions such as an infection. If the symptoms of bad breath persist, or if you are experiencing symptoms for more serious mouth disease you should visit your periodontist.
Bad breath is beaten by brushing twice daily and flossing at least once. And when you brush, don’t forget about brushing your tongue. The tongue is an often neglected area of the mouth, and there are hosts of bacteria living on it, especially toward the back, and brushing the tongue in these areas should keep away the bad breath. Mouthwashes can also freshen the mouth and breath, and there are even special mouthwashes which can kill bacteria within the mouth. Also, make sure to stay hydrated, drinking plenty of water. Water is healthy for the body as well as keeping up the supply of saliva in the mouth, and saliva is responsible for keeping those teeth clean. Juices and sodas just add sugars to your diet, and fuel those bacteria within your mouth.
If you are concerned that your bad breath may be the cause of a more serious condition, make sure to schedule an appointment today!
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