It’s been estimated that more than 80 million people in the US have perpetual halitosis, otherwise known as bad breath. This is a very embarrassing problem and it generally originates from the tongue and/or gums. Fort York Dentist has a few top tips on fighting bad breath keeping by your mouth clean and healthy, and your smile bright and beautiful every day.
Tips for Fresh Breath
- Brush Your Teeth Frequently –Brushing your teeth a minimum of twice daily, for at least three minutes at a time will go a long way towards removing the bacteria that causes bad breath.
- Floss Everyday- Many people don’t like to floss, but it’s a major reason behind bad breath. Food left between the teeth will encourage bacteria to grow and flourish, causing bad breath.
- Brush Your Tongue –The bacteria that cause bad breath can hide between your taste buds and the folds underneath the tongue. Brush your tongue with your toothbrush, or you could invest in an inexpensive tongue scraper, which will do the job nicely. Tongue scrapers are available in almost all drug stores.
- Mouthwash- Many people try to use mouthwash to cover up their breath, but overusing mouthwash only makes the problem worse by irritating the mouth. Instead, try rinsing with green or black tea as these can keep bacteria from growing.
Causes of Bad Breath
Bad breath can be caused by any number of things. One of the most common sources is aromatic foods such as strong spices, onions, and garlic. Not only do they produce odors immediately after consumption, but they can also continue to affect your breath for up to 72 hours.
Smoking tends to contribute to bad breath as well as drying out the mouth. Chewing tobacco leaves a terribly unpleasant smell that seems to hang on, even after brushing. Avoid all forms of tobacco, not only for good health reasons but to avoid bad breath problems too.
Poor dental hygiene is a major cause of bad breath. Allowing plaque to build-up on your teeth can not only lead to gum disease, but it causes cavities, which can also be a source of halitosis. Odors from the mouth are also a sign of possible periodontal and gum disease. People with dentures sometimes get yeast infections of the mouth, which is another source of bad breath.
When to Seek Help
The best way to avoid chronic bad breath is to visit your dentist at Fort York Dentist twice a year. If you are plagued with bad breath, talk to your dentist to determine if the underlying cause is a dental problem. Should your dentist believe that your problem stems from another source, such as an infection or gastric problem, they can refer you to a specialist, or possibly your own family physician, to correct the problem.
Call Fort York Dentist at (647) 346-8888 for an appointment to determine the cause of your halitosis so you can smile and speak with confidence.