Bad breath is also known as halitosis. Some people have more severe cases of it than others. Some only experience it in the morning, some all day. The major cause of halitosis is microbial deposits found on the tongue. We suggest brushing your tongue with your toothbrush everytime you brush and rinse with anti-bacterial mouthwash.
Morning – Saliva cleanses the mouth and get rid of bacteria but at night the work salivary glands slows down. Because of this, more bacteria sits in your mouth throughout the night causing bad breath when you wake in the a.m.
Food – If you enjoy eating onions, garlic and other food that has a strong odore this may be the culprit to your bad breath. These odors stay in your body for an extended amount of time and are exhaled causing bad breath.
Poor oral hygiene habits – If you are not brushing and flossing properly, the food particles that remain in your mouth can cause bacteria to grow, which in turn causes bad breath.
Periodontal disease – Bacteria and food stuck under gums causing inflammation. Again, if not removed properly on a daily basis or at regular dental hygiene appointments, this will cause bad breath and other dental problems.
Dry mouth – If you are on certain medications, mainly breathe out of your mouth or happen to have issues with producing enough saliva this may cause bad breath.
Dehydration or Hunger – Drinking water and chewing food increases saliva flow and washes bacteria away. If you are not drinking enough or eating enough this too could be the cause.
Tobacco products – Tobacco use surpresses the saliva glands in the mouth.
Medical conditions and illnesses – Various health issues including diabetes, liver and kidney problems and chronic sinus infections may contribute to bad breath.
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Good oral hygiene – Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Floss daily to remove food and plaque. Brush or use a tongue scraper to clean bacteria from the tongue.
Visit us regularly – Get a check-up and cleaning at least twice a year. For those with periodontal disease, we recommend more frequent visits.
Stop using tobacco – If you are unable to stop on your own, ask us what we recommend to help break the habit at your next visit.
Drink water frequently – Water will help keep your mouth moist and wash away bacteria and food particles.
Use mouthwash/rinses – Us an over the counter rinse, and if that does not work well enough for you ask us about antiseptic rinses that not only alleviate bad breath, but also kill the germs that cause the problem.
Toothbrushing – Brush your teeth at least twice a day with and electric or traditional toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Young children should use a fluoride-free toothpaste until they have developed the ability to spit and not swallow toothpaste.
Flossing – Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gumline. Our Hygienist recommends flossing before brushing. If you prefer to floss after brushing make sure and rinse the food particles out of your mouth once done.
Rinsing – It is important to rinse your mouth with water after brushing, and also after meals as it helps clear your mouth of any food particles that may have been dislodged during brushing and flossing.
Most important in preventing bad breath is your regular dental checkup every 6 months and scaling and polishing your teeth if your dentist advice you so.
We at Surana Dental Clinic are equipped with all the modern facilities for scaling and polishing.visit our clinic or book an appointment at Surana Dental Clinic for best treatment in the town.