Tired of the Bad Breath Blues?November 22, 2016
The medical term for classic “bad breath” is halitosis. Halitosis is believed to result from poor dental health habits in addition to other health problems. Bad breath can also be accentuated and augmented by the types of foods you eat in addition to other unhealthy lifestyle habits.
It starts in your mouth!
Every single piece of food you eat starts to be broken down in your own mouth. Foods with strong odors (like onions or garlic) can be resistant to brushing, flossing and even mouthwash. These odors won’t go away completely until these foods have been processed through your body.
If you don’t practice good oral hygiene, it’s easy for food particles to get stuck in your mouth and run amok. Food particles can promote bacterial growth between your teeth and around your gums, which will in turn cause bad breath.
For Your Health
Persistent bad breath can be a sign of periodontal disease, which is caused by plaque buildup. This can lead to gum and jawbone damage. Dry mouth (also referred to as xerostomia) can also cause bad breath, which might be the effect of medication, salivary gland problems, or also continuous mouth breathing.
Preventing Bad Breath
Practicing good oral hygiene is the best way to fight bad breath. Brush and floss twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove food debris as well as plaque buildup. Replace your toothbrush every 2 to 3 months or after you get an illness.
See your dentist at LA Dental Town at least twice a year. He or she will give you an oral exam as well as a professional-grade cleaning that will root out any problems you might be having.
Stay away from tobacco products and also make sure to drink plenty of water. You can use gums and mints that contain xylitol in order to spruce up your breath after meals and in between brushing as well.
If you or somebody you know is experiencing bad breath, then we can help at LA Dental Town. We’ll consult with you one on one to diagnose the problem and come up with a treatment plan that best suits your needs. If you’re in Los Angeles or the surrounding areas, give LA Dental Town a call today and we can help you be rid of bad breath forever!