Halitosis, also called bad breath, can be embarrassing and, in many cases, capable of causing anxiety. Considering that approximately thirty percent of people complain about some sort of bad breath, it is not surprising that store shelves are bursting with gum, mints, mouthwashes and other products designed to fight it. Unfortunately, many of these products only provide temporary relief, because they do not address the underlying cause of the issue. If you would like more information on fighting bad breath, please continue reading, then contact one of our general dentistry dentists located in Basking Ridge and Morristown, NJ today.
What causes halitosis?
Certain foods, health conditions and habits have a greater likelihood of causing bad breath. Depending on the underlying cause, bad breath odors may vary. Even so, most bad breath starts in your oral cavity. Possible causes include:
- The breakdown of food particles in and around your teeth, which increases bacteria and causes a foul odor
- Using tobacco products increases the likelihood of gum disease, another source of bad breath
- Poor dental hygiene may lead to food particles remaining in your mouth, providing nourishment for plaque and other bacteria buildup
- Having a dry mouth decreases saliva production which could break down food particles
- Infections in your mouth may result in tooth decay, gum disease and mouth sores
How do you treat halitosis?
You should consistently practice good oral hygiene to reduce bad breath, help avoid cavities and lower your risk of gum disease. Depending on the cause, further treatment for bad breath may vary. Your dentist will work with you to help you better control bad breath when caused by oral health-related matters. Dental measures include:
- Mouth rinses and toothpastes: Your dentist may recommend a mouth rinse or toothpaste that kills the bacteria if a buildup of bacteria causes the bad breath.
- Treatment of dental disease: Your dentist may refer you to a specialist, i.e. a periodontist, if you have gum disease.
How do you prevent bad breath?
To reduce or prevent bad breath, you should adopt these lifestyles and home remedies:
- Brushing your teeth after you eat
- Flossing at least once a day
- Brushing your tongue
- Cleaning your dentures or dental appliances
- Avoiding dry mouth
- Adjusting your diet by cutting out onions, garlic and sugary foods
- Regularly getting a new toothbrush
- Scheduling regular dental checkups
If you have any further questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please do not hesitate to call our team today. We will work to identify and treat the cause of your bad breath in the safest, most respectful and most convenient manner possible.
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