Thursday, February 6, 2014
Bad Breath - What Can I Do?
Halitosis or bad breath can come from a multitude of habits and other problems. First smoking or other types of tobacco use can result in bad breath, as can eating food such as garlic and onions. With garlic and onions, you can mask the odor temporarily by using a mouthwash, but the odor will not leave completely until the offending food is gone from the body. Once a food is eaten, it is digested and then goes into the bloodstream. Once in the blood stream it is carried to the lungs where the odor will once more be expelled in your breath.
Often, though halitosis or bad breath is the result of poor dental health. Brushing and flossing daily removes food particles and debris that promote the growth of bacteria in the mouth. When this is not done on a regular basis, bacteria multiply. A persistent bad odor or taste can be a warning of disease, periodontal disease,” says Dr. Judith Ko, from her Hemet, California CosmeticDental Practice.
Other causes of bad breath can be dry mouth. A condition called xerostomia where there is a reduction of saliva created can reduce the normal cleansing ability of your mouth and result in bacteria growth. Also, poorly fitting dental appliances, decay and yeast infections.
To prevent or reduce bad breath:
1. Brush twice a day and floss daily, remembering to get your tongue
2. Drink plenty of water.
3. Keep track of the foods you eat that may be contributing to your bad breath.
4. Stop smoking or using tobacco based products.
Your dentist is the one to speak to about your bad breath. They can quickly determine the cause and work to help you get it under control.