Does bad breath get in your way of living life to the fullest? Do you find yourself constantly wondering what others think of you when you open your mouth or speak near them?
You’re not alone. Studies reveal that 50% of adults develop bad breath, also known as halitosis, in their lifetime.
Halitosis is a serious concern for many of our patients. In this blog, we’ll delve into the causes of this condition and how to prevent it.
The primary causes of bad breath are…
- plaque and food particles
- untreated gum disease
- tooth decay
- bacteria trapped in the tongue
- infections of the throat, mouth, and nose
- tobacco use
- dry mouth
- chronic diseases such as diabetes.
The good news is that you don’t have to be stuck with bad breath. Here are a few things you can do to prevent it before it starts or keep it at bay…
- Brush and floss regularly. Keep up your oral hygiene routine at home to eliminate the bacteria that can cause your breath to smell funky. Don’t forget to brush your tongue!
- Watch your diet. Reduce your intake of sugar and foods such as garlic, onions, dairy, canned tuna, and horseradish.
- Prevent dry mouth. Drink water and avoid tobacco products, coffee, alcohol, and soda. You can also chew on sugarless gum to generate more saliva. Gum containing a sweetener called Xylitol can also increase saliva production – but be careful to keep it away from your pets. Perfectly safe for humans, xylitol is poisonous to our furry friends.
- Look after your dentures or other dental appliances. If you wear something in your mouth, it’s a must you clean it as frequently as your dentist has directed.
- Buy a new toothbrush. It’s important to switch out your old brush for a new one every three to four months – and every time you’re ill with a virus.
Last, but not least … don’t miss your dental visits! Along with my compassionate team, I can help keep your smile fresh with a cleaning schedule specially designed for your individual needs. We will inquire about your medical history and work with you to come up with a plan to keep your bad breath under control. Call now to set up a no-obligation consultation.
Yours in dental – and overall – health,
Dr. Charanjit Sandhu, your Hazlet & Linden, NJ general family dentist