Do you happen to wake up and feel uneasy with your mouth odor on most days?
If you have, you are not alone. Bad breath is a very common dental problem that affects millions of people every day.
You might smell it but most likely, you may be wondering, what causes bad breath?
Bad breath can be caused by many factors including poor oral hygiene or homecare, some particular foods, underlying dental or medical conditions, dry mouth and certain lifestyle changes and choices.
The primary cause of bad breath is poor oral hygiene. Bacteria from food particles that remain on or in between the teeth can become rotten and a foul smell is emitted. Brushing twice a day and flossing daily can prevent this from happening.
Strong and spicy foods can also cause bad breath. This is because the odor from these foods is expelled from our lungs after the foods are absorbed into the bloodstream.
People with persistent bad breath, known as halitosis, have a dental condition that can attribute to the cause. The conditions could be one of the following: gum disease, poor oral hygiene, decay or cavities, dry mouth, oral cancer, or bacteria on the tongue.
It is important to rule out any medical or dental problems for chronic bad breath. If bad breath is the cause of a dental condition, mouthwash will only mask the odor and not cure it. Such a problem needs to be addressed directly, as it can get worse with time.
Some lifestyle changes can attribute to bad breath. The use of tobacco can contribute to bad breath. The addition of braces and Eating disorders are some examples of these changes and choices.
Here are simple things you can do to get rid of bad breath:
- Daily flossing
- Brush your teeth and tongue 2-3 times per day
- Healthy Diet
- Do not use tobacco products
- Good oral hygiene habits
- Regular visits to the dentist for checkups and cleanings
Bad breath can be treated at Shinagawa Orthodontics. Consult our dentists for FREE to see the best remedy for you. Call our Patient Care Lines: (+632) 7-368 5238 l (+63) 917 862 7454 l (+63) 921 217 0517 to schedule an appointment.