Do You Have Bad Breath?
What factors contribute to bad breath?
If you are neglecting to take care of your oral health, you may have bad breath that is difficult to mask. Other causes of this problem include:
- Food choices
- Lifestyle habits
- Gum disease
- Dry mouth
- Chronic illness
How do I maintain fresh breath?
Some of the things you can do to maintain fresh breath include:
- Practicing good oral hygiene
- Having teeth professionally cleaned
- Refraining from using tobacco products
- Stimulating saliva flow by drinking water and chewing sugar free gum
- Keeping a food log to identify foods with strong odors
If you do not take care of your oral health by brushing and flossing regularly, you put yourself at risk for developing gum disease and may have a hard time maintaining fresh breath. The medical term for this condition is halitosis. Working with Dr. Wilbanks to achieve good oral health can make it easier to maintain fresh breath. Here are some of the common causes of bad breath:
- Food choices – If you eat spicy foods, fish, cheese, and other foods with strong odors on a regular basis, you may have a hard time maintaining fresh breath.
- Oral hygiene habits – Failing to brush and floss your teeth at least twice per day can increase the chances of bacterial growth in the mouth and lead to bad breath.
- Lifestyle habits – Smoking or chewing tobacco regularly are habits that can contribute to bad breath.
- Gum disease – Persistent bad breath can cause plaque and bacterial buildup around the teeth and irritate the gums. As the infection spreads in the mouth, you may have noticeable bad breath.
Other causes of breath issues include yeast infections in the mouth, dry mouth, certain types of illnesses, and poorly-fitting dental appliances.
Dr. Wilbanks may recommend making some lifestyle changes and keeping up with your schedule of professional cleanings to maintain fresh breath. To learn more about how to manage halitosis, schedule your appointment in Toccoa, GA with Dr. Wilbanks today!