Prevent & Treat Bad Breath

Halitosis, also known as bad breath, is not only embarrassing and unwanted, but it may signal a deeper health concern. Bad breath is caused by a multitude of things from the food that you eat to health conditions like tonsil stones. It is best to schedule an appointment with a dentist to rule out any dental health concerns, because often times halitosis is a symptom of an underlying condition in the mouth and/or body. If you treat the underlying condition you can clear up bad breath.

4 Common Causes of Bad Breath

  1. Underlying Health Conditions
    • Periodontitis
    • Infections of the throat
    • Diabetes
    • Gastric Reflux
    • Liver or kidney disease
  1. Dry Mouth
    • Saliva helps to moisten the mouth as well as rinse away food particles and bacteria. If your mouth is dry, the bacteria can multiply and cause bad breath.
  1. Smoking & tobacco products
    • Smoking can cause your breath to smell like tobacco, and it can also affect your sense of smell so that you cannot tell if you have halitosis.
    • Tobacco use is linked to gum disease.
  1. Food
    • Certain foods that are heavy in spices, garlic, and onion all impact the way that your breath smells.

5 Ways to Prevent Bad Breath

  1. Dental Hygiene
    • Daily flossing and brushing your teeth twice a day can help remove bacteria and food particles that contribute to bad breath.
    • Brush your tongue too! Bacteria hide and thrive on your tongue.
  1. Mouthwash
    • Antiseptic mouthwash helps kill bacteria.
  1. Stay Hydrated
    • Staying hydrated helps to keep the mouth moist and prevent dry mouth.
  1. Quit Smoking and Using Tobacco Products
    • Nicotine gum and patches are available in most pharmacies to help kick nicotine addiction.
  1. Treat Underlying Conditions
    • Undiagnosed conditions may be the cause of bad breath- so make sure to visit your dentist every six months.

Advanced DDS is a premiere dental practice in Garden City, NY that specializes in a relaxing dental experience. If you find that the typical prevention and treatment methods aren’t working, schedule your dental appointment at 516-825-1100.bad breath

 

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