No doubt, we all have had at least one experience where we had been guilty of having bad breath, potentially as a result of coffee, alcohol, something we ate, or tobacco use. Usually, we can solve the issue by brushing our teeth and using mouthwash, but if you seem to have chronic bad breath (halitosis), we encourage you to speak with your dentist. We invite you to make this the year that you can live free of chronic bad breath!
Aside from diet, bad breath can also be a result of issues in your oral hygiene, such as not brushing or flossing regularly. This allows food particles to gather between your teeth and in the oral cavity, and your tongue can gather a significant amount of bacteria that causes bad breath.
Gum disease is another potential source of halitosis and can be a side effect of developing dry mouth when there isn’t enough saliva to clean the mouth. However, not every instance of bad breath is the result of oral issues. Dieting and insufficient food intake can result in bad breath, as can issues with the throat, sinuses, and respiratory tract, and kidney and liver disease.
To reduce your risk of bad breath, brush your teeth for two minutes at a time twice a day and use a fluoride toothpaste, and be sure to floss daily. You should also attend regular cleanings and exams with your dentist’s team, who will not only clean your smile but also identify any dental problems that cause bad breath, such as tooth decay and gum disease. Your dentist can also consult with your primary care physician if your bad breath is caused by a non-oral issue.
If you are concerned about treating bad breath, please feel free to call Pembroke Square Dental at 954-437-6400 today and schedule an appointment with Dr. Rafah Abdelmonem.