This post from Falls Pointe Dental focuses on a problem experienced by many people – bad breath.
Bad breath, or halitosis, has several causes. The most frequent is poor oral hygiene. Often, halitosis ensues midday arising from the inability to brush teeth between meals. Small food bits on the teeth, gums, and tongue grow bacteria. The wastes of the bacteria and decay of the food create a sulfur compound, which emits the undesirable odor. Food particles, bacteria, and sulfuric gas all need to be removed to eliminate bad breath caused by poor oral hygiene.
While poor oral hygiene is the most frequent cause of halitosis, many conditions can contribute to or worsen the problem. The best remedy is consistent, thorough brushing and flossing, but other actions might also be necessary depending on the cause(s).
For example, salivary gland trouble or certain medications can cause dry mouth. Saliva moistens the teeth and gums, clearing away odiferous dead cells. Saliva also neutralizes the ever-present acids on the tongue, gums, and cheeks. Limiting caffeine, chewing sugar-free gum, using OTC saliva substitutes, and using a humidifier can add moisture to the mouth.
Remember, the very best defense to bad breath is a good dental care routine – brushing, flossing, and regular visits with your dentist.
If you struggle with bad breath in spite of good oral hygiene, ask us for help in identifying the source. At Falls Pointe Dental, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call to schedule your next checkup with us today.