Halitosis, or what is more commonly known as bad breath, can put a real damper on your confidence and professional presence. Here’s how you can prevent it.
Irregular oral hygiene is one of the main causes of bad breath in our society. It allows bacteria to build up in your mouth and produce the foul-smelling waste that causes bad breath. To prevent this, brush and floss your teeth regularly, and clean your tongue using a tongue scraper.
A persistently dry mouth can also cause halitosis. Regular saliva production cleans the mouth and keeps it fresh. Your doctor can help with dry mouth caused by medical conditions, but you can help by chewing sugar-free gum or eating foods that need good amounts of chewing, such as carrots or apples. The chewing will help with the production of saliva.
The bacteria that cause periodontitis, or gum disease, can also be the cause of bad breath. Talk to our dentist about periodontal treatment to help treat this cause of halitosis.
Smoking and Tobacco
If you smoke or chew tobacco, that can have a pronounced negative effect on your breath and increases your chances for many health problems. It also affects your sense of smell, so it can be hard to tell at all if you have bad breath. We strongly recommend quitting as soon as possible.
If Dr. David Trebisovsky has ruled out any oral cause for your bad breath, it might be a different medical problem. Oral or sinus infections, gastric reflux, kidney or liver disease, and diabetes can all cause bad breath. Speak with your doctor to see what treatment options are available.
If you’re having bad breath, come into Sandpiper Dental. Our Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, dental team is eager to help you.