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Bad Breath Embarassing You? Here Are Some Fixes

Halitosis breath, medically called bad breath, can come from poor dental health habits and could be an indication of other health issues. Bad breath may also be made even worse by the sorts of foods you eat or an unhealthy approach to life habits.

businessman's bad breathHow Does What You Eat Affect Breath? The food you eat starts to get broken down in your mouth. As foods are digested and soaked up into your arteries, they’re ultimately carried to your lungs and given off in your breath. If you eat foods with robust odors like garlic or onions, brushing and flossing — even mouthwash — simply cover up the odor briefly. The odor won’t depart fully till the foodstuffs have passed thru your body.

Why Do Poor Habits Cause Bad Breath? If you do not brush and floss your teeth daily, food particles can stay in your mouth.  This promotes bacteria growth between teeth, around the gums and on the tongue. The bacteria growth is the cause of the bad odor. Odor-causing bacteria can also cause bad breath if dentures aren’t properly cleaned. Smoking or gnawing tobacco-based products may also cause bad breath—not to mention stain teeth, cut back your capability to taste foods, and irritate the gums.

What Health Issues Are Linked With Bad Breath?  Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth might be danger signs of gum (periodontal) illness. Gum illness is due to the accretion of plaque on teeth. The bacteria cause poisons to form in the mouth, which irritate the gums. If gum illness continues untreated, it can damage your gums and jawbone. Other dental factors behind bad breath include poorly fitting dental appliances, fungal infections, and dental caries. The medical problem dry mouth (also called xerostomia) may also cause halitosis. Saliva is critical to dampen and clean the mouth by neutralizing acids produced by plaque and washing away dead cells that build up on the tongue, gums, and cheeks. If not removed, these cells decay and may cause halitosis.

What Can I Do to Stop Bad Breath? Halitosis can be reduced or forestalled if you practice good oral cleanliness by brushing after each meal with fluoride toothpaste. (Don’t forget to clean your tongue, too.)  Replace your toothbrush every three months and after an illness such as sore throat or bronchitis. Floss after each brushing. Dentures should be thoroughly cleaned daily.

Be sure to see your dentist twice a year.  He will conduct an oral exam, provide a professional teeth cleaning.  He will likely notice and treat periodontal illness, dry mouth or other issues that could cause bad breath. Again, if you smoke or use tobacco products, ask your dentist for tips to kick the habit.  Drink lots of water. Try sugarless gum or hard sugarless candy to assist in the production of saliva, which helps wash away particles of food and bacteria. If you suspect the things that you eat might be causing your bad breath, record what you eat. Review the list with your dentist for potential foods to stop eating.  Likewise, start a list of the medicines you take.  Some medicines can cause mouth odors.

Who Provides Professional Treatment For Halitosis? Usually, your dentist can treat the root of halitosis. If the odor is due to gum illness, your dentist may treat the illness or refer you to a gum specialist (periodontist).

What Products Can Get Rid of Bad Breath? You can purchase a mouthwash over the counter to mask the odor. Nevertheless take into account that many mouthwashes usually provide a short term way to hide upsetting mouth odor. There are nonetheless, a few antiseptic mouth-rinse products available that actually kill the germs that cause halitosis.

Ask your dentist which product might work best for you.

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