Bad Breath, or halitosis, is a common dental problem. Not only is it embarrassing for the person experiencing it, but it can be uncomfortable for those around him or her as well.
Fortunately, there are steps people can take to decrease the chance of having bad breath and increase their overall oral health.
Avoid Odorous Food: It comes as no surprise that foods with strong odors can lead to bad breath. Often even brushing, flossing and using mouthwash can’t hide the smell of garlic, onions or other strong smelling foods. The reason? After the foods are eaten they are absorbed into the bloodstream, then carried into the lungs where they’re given off through the breath. Even the strongest breath mint can’t work miracles.
Practice Good Dental Hygiene: It’s important to brush and floss regularly to maintain overall dental health and reduce the chance of bad breath. If you don’t brush daily, food can stay on your teeth causing bacteria to build in your mouth, which leads to halitosis. Using and antibacterial mouthwash can help. It’s also important to drink lots of water.
Avoid Smoking: In addition to being bad for your overall health, smoking and chewing tobacco are a major cause of bad breath. It’s hard to cover the smell.
Schedule Regular Dental Checkups: Sometimes, bad breath can be a sign of other dental problems such as gum disease or a yeast infection of the mouth. It’s important to have regular checkups and consult with your dentist on an oral health issues to catch and correct them early.
… and Medical Checkups, too: Occasionally, bad breath is caused by medical problems. Xerostomia (dry mouth), which can be a side effect of some medications, can cause bad breath. Additionally, common things such as respiratory tract infections, bronchitis, acid reflux, sinus infections, liver or kidney problems can contribute to bad breath. If you suspect any of these may be affecting your breath or overall health, consult with your doctor right away.
If you have concerns about bad breath, it’s best to consult with your dental professional about ways to overcome the problem.