Halitosis / bad breath – causes and prevention.
We all know that if we don’t brush our teeth, we will have bad breath, right? That’s gross!
Why does garlic and onions give out such a strong stench? Well, when foods are consumed and absorbed into our bloodstream, they are carried to our lungs and given off in our breath.
One of the main causes of bad breath is untreated tooth decay. Bad breath or even a bad taste that stays in your mouth may be a warning sign of periodontal disease. Gum disease is caused by the buildup of plaque on teeth.
Here are some other common causes of bad breath:
- Dry mouth
- Infections in your mouth
- Poor dental hygiene
- Tobacco products
- Metabolic disorders
How to prevent bad breath:
- Brush your tongue
- Floss at least once a day
- Brush your teeth after each meal
- Avoid tobacco and drink plenty of water
- Change your toothbrush regularly
- See your dentist every six months
- Clean your dental appliances (partials, dentures, night guards, etc.)
An estimated sixty-five percent of Americans have bad breath. Over forty-million Americans have “chronic halitosis,” which is persistent bad breath. Ninety percent of all halitosis is of oral, not systemic, origin. If you think you may be suffering from halitosis, please contact our Gainesville, FL halitosis treatment expert at Smart Smile Dentistry or visit our office today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to getting to know you and to helping you take care of your smile.