Everyone is going to experience bad breath from time to time
but there are daily habits that can make bad breath a more frequent occurrence.
If you want to keep your breath fresher each day, make sure that you reduce or
eliminate those habits known to make this problem worse. You will begin to
notice an improvement in no time.
Poor daily dental hygiene, strongly flavored drinks like
coffee and red wine, and tobacco use are three primary causes of bad breath.
Here is what you should know about each of these causes:
Brushing and flossing removes food particles
that stimulate the growth of bacteria on your teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue.
Although this bacteria is often harmless, as it flourishes bad-smelling
byproducts are created. Left unchecked, oral bacteria can lead to gum
tissue inflammation and other symptoms of periodontal disease
. Thoroughly removing
the food particles that bad-smelling bacteria feast on will prevent their
Coffee, black tea, and red wine might be a nice
accompaniment to a meal but they can dry out the mouth, leaving the perfect
environment for halitosis-causing bacteria to spring into action. While breath
mints or mouthwash might freshen the breath momentarily, the best course of
action is to thoroughly brush your teeth following a meal.
Tobacco products (including cigarettes, cigars,
and chewing tobacco) leaves a thin coating of bad-smelling substances
throughout your mouth. These substances add their own odor to the bad breath
caused by a dry mouth environment. Breath mints and brushing your teeth can
help, but minimizing tobacco product use is the best way to avoid this problem.
Helping You Improve
In addition to improving at-home dental hygiene,
regular teeth cleanings and exams can help improve the health of your mouth;
this can stop bad breath before it begins. Dental checkups can also reveal any
underlying medical conditions that might be contributing to this problem. If
you have questions about bad breath, just schedule an appointment
with Dr. Andrew
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