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Good breath not only helps you feel confident and attractive, but it can also indicate good dental health. Bad breath, on the other hand, can indicate that something is wrong with your health or dental health.

What is Halitosis?

Bad breath, or halitosis, is a very common problem and can be caused by anything from periodontal disease to eating strong-smelling foods. Those who suffer from halitosis may experience some embarrassment as a result and may try to avoid social situations. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to help prevent bad breath.

The most important step is maintaining proper oral hygiene. Brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes and flossing once a day will help to remove food particles and plaque buildup that can contribute to foul odors in your mouth. In some cases, your dentist may recommend using specialty products that can help to reduce oral bacteria and kill off odor-causing germs. Other steps you can take include rinsing your mouth out with water or chewing sugar-free gum after eating, as this can help to control odors.

If you notice a consistently bad smell coming from your mouth, consider consulting your dentist. He or she will be able to review your oral hygiene routine and perform a thorough oral exam to check for signs of tooth decay or gum disease that may be contributing to your problems.

If you continue to struggle with chronic bad breath despite your daily oral care routine, you may require further treatment from a dental professional. Your dentist may prescribe a special type of mouthwash that will target the specific cause of your halitosis. If the problem is due to a dry mouth, he or she may also recommend specific treatments to get rid of this condition.

Causes of Bad Breath

Smelly breath can be caused by several factors, including poor oral hygiene habits, dry mouth, gum disease, and tobacco use. Poor oral hygiene allows food particles to stay in the mouth, which creates bad odors as bacteria feed on them. A dry mouth also causes bad breath because saliva helps wash away bacteria and break down food particles. Gum disease is often caused by plaque buildup on teeth, which causes tartar to form along the gum line. When gums become infected due to this buildup, patients often experience unpleasant smells originating in the exposed roots of their teeth. Finally, tobacco users tend to suffer from chronic bad breath because of their habit. Tobacco introduces toxins into the body that can break down cells in the mouth and lead to serious oral health problems. These can all lead to patients being self-conscious about their bad breath. Thankfully, there are many things they can do to fix the issue.

How To Treat Halitosis?

Bad breath is generally caused by bacteria in the mouth and throat. The odor is caused when sulfur compounds are produced by the mouth’s anaerobic bacteria as they break down proteins from the foods you eat. If you treat your bad breath, these odors should go away. Here are some ways you can fight the effects of bad breath:-

  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Use mouthwash after brushing
  • Floss every day to dislodge food between the teeth that can become food for bacteria
  • Drink water after eating to aid in rinsing away food and bacteria trapped in your mouth
  • Eat healthy foods and avoid sugary foods that feed oral bacteria
  • See your dentist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.

Follow these tips to prevent bad breath so that you can speak with confidence.


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