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Causes, Cures, and Prevention for Bad Breath

October 27, 2015
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Posted By: Dr. Suchi Chalasani
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When it comes to your mouth, nothing is as embarrassing as bad breath. While it is often thought to be a result of poor dental hygiene it can sometimes be a hint of worse problems. Bad breath, or halitosis, effects more than fifty percent of the population. Dr. Suchi Chalasani can help you figure out what may be causing your bad breath and how to treat it.

Causes

Most people have bad breath because of poor oral hygiene. If you don’t brush, floss, or use mouth wash daily, food particles and plaque can cause bacteria to grow, which can cause bad breath. Yet, even with your daily oral care routine, you may still have bad breath due to other dental concerns such as gum disease or tooth decay.

Your diet and bad habits can also contribute to bad breath. Smoking and tobacco use can cause chronic bad breath as well as stain teeth and increase your chances of gum disease. Eating strong smelling foods such as onions and garlic can also be a factor, which after digestion enter your blood stream and lungs.

Cures

If you are experiencing bad breath because of poor oral hygiene, then simply brushing, flossing, and using a bacteria killing mouthwash can be your answer. Daily oral care will help remove the food and plaque that sticks around in your mouth and causes your bad breath. Those with more extreme cases that are due to gum disease and tooth decay will have to visit their dentist to go over options such as deep cleaning, root canals, and fillings.

Prevention

Practicing good oral hygiene is your best defense against bad breath. This includes using a fluoride toothpaste, replacing your toothbrush ever two to three months, and flossing and using mouthwash at least once a day. If you smoke, quit, and drink lots of water to help rinse your mouth after meals.

Call Your Royal Oak Dentist

Also, be sure to see your dentist every six months or at least once a year for cleanings and check ups. During cleanings, your dentist will remove any left over plaque and tarter while also checking for early signs of gum disease and cavities to help prevent future problems. If you live in the Royal Oaks area and are concerned about your bad breath and would like more information, do not hesitate to contact Family Dentistry of Royal Oak today!

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