March 15, 2017
Your dentist in Windham oversees all aspects of your oral health, including your breath odor. Sure, bad breath often originates in an oral health problem. So, learn the reasons behind bad breath, or halitosis, and steps you can take to eliminate them.
What Causes Bad Breath?
Please, don’t ignore your bad breath. It can cause more than interpersonal problems. It may be coming from aromatic foods or from poor hydration, but halitosis also may indicate a serious dental health problem. Consult Drs. Warner, Guze, Shahinian and Chernyjhivska for the causes and for a solution. You may be able to get rid of your bad breath more easily than you think.
Aromatic food, smoking and neglected oral hygiene commonly cause bad breath. Several food choices smell very strong (onions and garlic are examples). Their residues form sticky plaque on teeth, gums and your bumpy tongue. If not removed by brushing and flossing twice a day, halitosis becomes more pronounced, affecting those around you. Tobacco smoke lingers, too, staining your teeth and even burning the top layers of soft oral tissues (this condition is called keratosis).
Also, your Windham dentist says if you neglect flossing, brushing, and professional cleanings, you will get bad breath. Other causes include dry mouth, or xerostomia, from oxygen therapy or even a stuffy nose. Varying degrees of gum disease (gingivitis and periodontitis), cavities and dental abscesses lead to bad breath, too.
Reddened, swollen and bleeding gums are definite signs of periodontitis. Plaque and tartar harbor toxic bacteria which attack gums and cause halitosis, bone and gum deterioration, tooth mobility and tooth loss.
The bacteria associated with gum disease also is linked to systemic diseases such as Type-2 diabetes, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, dementia, stroke, high blood pressure and pregnancy complications. So, when your dentist finds a persistent breath odor problem, he or she wants to uncover its causes and eliminate them. Your health depends on it.
Other factors which cause bad breath are:
- Liver or kidney dysfunction
- Acid reflux disease
- Colds, the flu or pneumonia
- Sinus infections
How Can I Address My Bad Breath?
The team at Lifetime Dental Health helps individuals have fresh breath and of course, the best oral health possible. As such, they recommend these practices to all their patients:
- Brushing twice daily and flossing once a day to eliminate plaque
- Brushing soft oral tissues, especially the tongue because it collects food residues and bacteria
- Cleaning dentures thoroughly by brushing them after meals and soaking them overnight
- Drinking plenty of water daily to rinse away food particles and increase saliva and the beneficial enzymes it produces
- Quitting cigarettes and chewing tobacco
- Eating a diet high in fibrous fruits and vegetables
Finally, get six-month dental exams and hygienic cleanings. The team at Lifetime Dental Health teaches each and every patient the importance of oral hygiene, nutrition, antibacterial mouth rinses and other ways to alleviate halitosis.
Come See Us
Contact Lifetime Dental Health to schedule your semi-annual exam and cleaning. Great oral health equals the freshest breath.
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