Say Good-bye To Bad Breath And Hello To A Fresher Mouth

By: Gen Wright

Has anyone ever covered their nose or taken a step back while talking to you? If this is the case, you might be suffering from halitosis (bad breath). Bad breath is a very common oral health problem, effecting people of any age. Bacteria find the mouth an ideal breeding ground due to its moist, warm conditions. While some types of bad breath are temporary, such as morning breath where your saliva levels have dropped while sleeping causing odors to remain, there are other types of halitosis that can be chronic. Whether you only experience bad breath in the morning or your unpleasant breath seems to linger for days on end, there are ways in which you can help eliminate it.

What is Bad Breath (Halitosis) and What are the Causes?

Halitosis, or bad breath, is a condition in which a person is affected by consistent or periodical bad breath. People of any age may have halitosis, including:

* Those who practice poor dental hygiene
* The elderly, disabled people and young children who find dental hygiene difficult
* People who use mouth appliances, including dental braces and dentures
* Smokers
* Those with certain medical conditions, including tooth decay
* People on certain medications
* Poor dieters who are dehydrated

Researchers have determined that bad breath typically begins when the waste produced by bacteria in the mouth, nose or stomach comes into contact with the air. When bacterial plaque is not removed from the teeth or the gums it continues to grow. Ultimately, this can lead to halitosis, tooth decay and gum disease.

Establish Good Oral Hygiene

Dental hygiene prevents bad breath that originates in the mouth. Food that is left between your teeth and around your gums provides an ideal environment for bacteria that cause brad breath. This requires the removal of food debris often. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss between each tooth daily, if not more often. Your dentist in Bolingbrook will tell you that brushing and flossing are particularly important after high-protein meals or other meals that trigger bad breath and dehydration.

Antiseptic mouthwash in the morning, before bedtime and after eating can help to reduce halitosis-causing bacteria growth. Tongue scrapers are also helpful in managing bad breath, as they are used to scrape mucus off the back of the tongue, where bacteria may be present. If you have dental braces, dentures or other dental appliances, follow your dentist's specific instructions for cleaning these appliances in order to avoid bad breath.

Maintain a Proper Diet

In addition to proper oral hygiene, maintaining a proper diet is crucial. Diet plays a significant role in dental hygiene because certain foods can promote saliva flow to limit the possibility of halitosis. Fibrous foods such as raw vegetables can contribute to the development of halitosis. Additionally, eating a healthy breakfast every morning starts saliva flow after a night's sleep when bacteria and odor tend to build up in your mouth. Staying hydrated by maintaining sufficient water intake is also important for bad breath prevention. Sodas, juices and other drink that are high in sugar and acid will encourage the growth of bacteria in your mouth, leading to bad breath.

Use Bad Breath Aids

In the short term, mouthwashes, mints and gum can freshen your breath, but they can't prevent bad breath as a whole. For long term effects, you may want to try the following bad breath aids:

* The use of straws can send sugary or sticky liquids past the teeth and tongue, so that they can't stay in your mouth, creating bacteria.
* For dry mouth, over-the-counter and prescription medications can help.

If you are suffering from bad breath, contact your Bolingbrook dentist for further consultation. Your dentist can help you establish proper dental hygiene and diet to prevent bad breath from occurring.

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Sean Hartmen is the author for Dr. Rani Seeth of Bolingbrook Dental Care, an experienced Bolingbrook dentist. Providing the most quality care, Dr. Seeth offers implant restoration, veneers, bonding, crowns, teeth whitening and school checkups in Bolingbrook for patients of every age.

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