We’ve all experienced at one some point…BAD BREATH or halitosis. Some suffer more than others, so what can be done about it?
What causes Bad Breath or Halitosis? It can be caused by:
- Wastes from bacteria in the mouth
- Decay of food particles
- Other debris in your mouth
- Poor oral hygiene
- Dry mouth
- Tobacco use
Sometimes stress, dieting and hormonal changes can contribute to bad breath, and in more serious cases, those with a medical infection, diabetes, kidney failure or a liver malfunction can experience bad breath.
How can you combat it?
Eliminate some of the common causes:
- Infected gums can be one of the most obvious causes of halitosis. Get your gums back in shape by brushing thoroughly and often with a soft-bristle brush, and get in the habit of regular flossing! Dr. Stante can help you with brushing and flossing tips.
- Sometimes an odor from the back of your tongue may indicate postnasal drip and can contribute to offensive breath. Very gentle tongue-brushing with a soft-bristle brush can keep away bad breath. Be careful not to brush the very back of your tongue as this may cause a gagging reaction.
- Anything that causes dry mouth can cause bad breath because it reduces the production of saliva needed to flush away the saliva. Factors such as an empty stomach or even stress can lead to dry mouth. Fresh fruits and vegetables for between-meal snacks can help with saliva flow. Dr. Stante can also recommend additional ideas!
- Smoking and chewing tobacco sours the mouth and disrupts the digestion.
- There are many other ways to combat Bad Breath. Talk with Dr. Stante about a plan that meets your individual needs.