Halitosis (better known as bad breath) may be caused by the food you ate, unhealthy habits, or even an underlying medical problem. Although bad breath is common, it is important to seek medical help if it continues to persist. Here are some of the main causes of bad breath and what they might mean for your health:
Bad Habits Cause Bad Breath
If you do not properly maintain your oral health, many problems can arise. It is important to clean your mouth every day to remove any plaque that might buildup on your teeth, gums, and tongue. If you do not do so, these bacteria can cause bad breath. If you wear dentures, make sure you clean them every day with a soft soap or an approved dental cleaner. When dentures are not cleaned every day, bacteria and food can become stuck in between the dentures and cause unpleasant breath. Lastly, tobacco products can also cause bad breath and are harmful to your dental health. Tobacco users are far more susceptible to gum disease as well as oral cancer.
Health Issues and Bad Breath
Bad breath can be a warning sign of many health issues. Some include, but are not limited to:
Infections such as:
- Infections, such as Periodontal Disease (gum disease)
- Poorly fit dentures, implants, and braces
- Dry mouth
- Kidney/liver issues
- Sinus infections
- Salivary gland issues
- Prescribed medications
Fighting Bad Breath
Fight bad breath by brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride based toothpaste, using an antibacterial mouthwash, and flossing daily. Also, make sure to brush your tongue to remove bacteria. Change your toothbrush around every three months to further prevent bacteria. Staying hydrated keeps your mouth moist and water flushes out bacteria from the surface of your teeth. Chewing sugar-free gum helps prevent dry mouth and promotes the flow of saliva. Last but certainly not least, make sure to visit us twice a year. If you think that you may have a greater problem that is causing your bad breath, please contact Premier Dental Associates of Lower Manhattanimmediately.