Bad breath is not just an inconvenience. This condition, called halitosis, can be very embarrassing and frequently causes negative consequences in your relationships and even your workplace. Even more disconcerting, you may not even know you have it. It is estimated that approximately 65% of all Americans suffer from halitosis or bad breath. Consequently, it probably doesn’t surprise you that more than a billion dollars is spent on over-the-counter products for bad breath each year. The problem is that these products are only masking your bad breath. Instead, it is essential that you get to the root of your halitosis problem and treat it appropriately.
What causes most cases of chronic bad breath? Your oral hygiene, or lack thereof. Although there are other factors such as tobacco, specific medications, postnasal drip, diabetes or gastrointestinal issues, the majority of people with repeated halitosis need to address a problem in their mouth. You can make huge strides towards fresher breath when you simply follow good oral hygiene habits.
Start by brushing and flossing every day. Brushing your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste is vital for good oral health. Food that is stuck between teeth, along the gum line and on the tongue will decay and emit a foul odor. Do not forget your tongue. You can reduce bad breath by nearly 70% by thoroughly brushing your tongue. Bacterium on the tongue, especially towards the back of the tongue can easily build up harboring debris and organisms that cause bad breath.
Next, see your dentist. Not only do you need to have regular dental check-ups and cleanings to complete your oral hygiene requirements, but your dentist can also detect more serious oral health problems that could be causing your bad breath. Periodontal disease causes unpleasant mouth odor and needs to be treated immediately. You may also have a plaque problem if you suffer from bad breath. A dental professional can recommend a microbial mouth rinse that helps with problematic plaque.
If you are plagued by chronic bad breath, do yourself a favor and pick up your toothbrush before you pop that breath mint. Your bad breath may just be a signal for you to start paying attention to your oral health needs. Group Health Dental is here to help you with your bad breath concerns and give you the permanent solutions you need.