If you are neglecting to brush and floss regularly, you increase your risk of developing oral health issues, such as gum disease, which can lead to chronic halitosis — otherwise known as halitosis. Identifying the underlying cause of halitosis can improve your oral health. Some of the common causes include:
- Food choices
- You may have bad breath when you eat foods with very strong odors, such as fish, cheese, and garlic. Brushing and using mouthwash after eating can help to mask bad breath.
- Poor oral hygiene
- Bacteria growing around the teeth, tongue, and gums can cause bad breath, so it is important to take steps to keep your mouth clean with daily brushing and flossing habits.
- Lifestyle habits
- Using tobacco products regularly can cause halitosis and make it difficult to maintain good oral health.
- Gum disease
- Periodontal disease can also cause halitosis because there is a bacterial infection spreading in the mouth, which produces a malodor.
Preventing Bad Breath
There are several things you can do to maintain optimal oral hygiene, including:
- Brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily
- Having your teeth professionally cleaned as recommended
- Refraining from using tobacco products
- Stimulating saliva flow by drinking a lot of water or chewing sugarless gum
- Maintaining a food log to identify foods that might have a strong odor
Other causes of bad breath may include dry mouth, yeast infections in the mouth, poorly-fitting dental appliances, and illnesses such as chronic sinus infections, acid reflux, and diabetes.
Are you self-conscious about halitosis? Schedule your consultation in Oakley, CA with Dr. Fard and Dr. Dary today!