Bad breath (halitosis) is a common problem, and in most cases it's easily treated. With bad breath your mouth has an unpleasant odor which is noticeable and embarrassing. However, it's not hard to get rid of bad breath by making a few lifestyle changes.
Main Causes of Bad Breath
For most people, food is the main reason for bad breath. Spicy foods, such as those with garlic or onions contribute to a foul smelling breath. Smoking cigarettes, chewing tobacco, and drinking alcohol also lead to bad breath. Another important cause of bad breath is poor oral hygiene. Not brushing your teeth (and tongue) on a daily basis also creates a bad smell or taste in your mouth. Lastly, there are medical conditions that can also cause bad breath such as diabetes, bronchitis, and sinus infections.
Treating Bad Breath
The best way to treat bad breath is to brush your teeth twice daily for at least two minutes each time. Flossing your teeth daily also removes food particles that decay and lead to halitosis. It's also a good idea to rinse your mouth with water after every meal to remove food. Using a water irrigation system on a regular basis helps to clean around the teeth and below the gum line for a thorough cleaning. A mouthwash helps to kill germs and to freshen the breath.
To prevent bad breath you can also stop smoking and reduce your alcohol consumption. Avoiding spicy foods also helps to eliminate halitosis.
Why You Need to See a Dentist
If you still have bad breath even though you have taken steps to treat the problem, you need to seek professional help. Even if you don't think you have any dental problems, it's essential to see a dentist every year for good general oral health. At the annual visit your dentist checks your teeth and gums for any problems. Twice a year you should have your teeth deep cleaned by a dental hygienist in your dentist's office.
During the exam your dentist will look for cavities and gum disease. Both conditions can cause bad breath. If you have one of more dental problem your dentist will create a treatment plan.
Regular dental checkups help you to keep the teeth you already have by diagnosing diseases that can lead to teeth loss or bad breath. If you need a professional to keep your teeth and gums healthy, contact us at Valley Dental Care. Our expertise and skills will help you keep bad breath at bay.