Bad breath is a common problem that plagues all of us from time to time. However, as many as 30% of people experience daily bad breath—and finding a solution can be a real struggle.
But it doesn’t have to be. Let’s examine the common causes of bad breath and the solutions that work!
Almost everyone experiences occasional bad breath that’s caused temporarily by pungent food like garlic. Other causes of temporary bad breath include smoking cigarettes and drinking alcoholic beverages.
Bad breath typically is caused by debris and/or bacteria found on the teeth and tongue. That’s why halitosis, or chronic bad breath, is associated with poor dental hygiene, and why bad morning breath is a very common occurrence even for those individuals with great hygiene habits!
Bad breath can also originate from outside of the mouth, in the cases of some respiratory infections, upper gastrointestinal diseases and untreated diabetes.
Solutions That Work
The best thing that you can do for bad breath is to pay extra attention to your dental hygiene routine:
Brush with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and consider brushing after each meal to keep debris from building up and causing odors. Don’t forget to brush your tongue when you brush!
Dental experts recommend that you also replace your toothbrush as it becomes worn, about once every three to four months.
Flossing at least once a day is also a great way to keep your breath fresh, as flossing is the best way eliminate the debris and bacteria that build up between your teeth.
Breath-freshening fluoride toothpastes and mouthwashes are available to add a burst of minty freshness to your daily cleanings. Make sure you talk with your dentist about recommended toothpaste or mouth rinse options if you’re not sure which ones are best for your teeth.
Finally, eating a balanced diet with less sugar and drinking more water is a great way to keep the bacteria that cause bad breath away.
Staying on top of your dental care is the best way to ensure you’ve got a fresh and healthy mouth! Visit the Cottonwood Dental Group website to learn more about our dental hygiene services.