Preventative Tips For Halitosis

Dental_CareHealthy teeth and gums inside of our mouth are two important signs of overall oral health. But the aroma that comes out of our mouth is also a significant clinical indicator of whether we need dental care, or if we have a condition that requires the involvement of another medical professional to restore our health.

Causes of halitosis

While bad breath, clinically known as “halitosis,” is universally unpleasant to encounter, the causes of this condition are diverse. Some of the most common ones include:

  • Poor dental hygiene, since inadequate brushing and flossing can leave food particles to decay in the mouth.
  • Periodontal (gum) disease.
  • Tobacco use.
  • Eating odor-producing foods, such as garlic or onions.
  • Dry mouth (xerostomia), since a lack of saliva flow can lead to bacterial build-up on the teeth.
  • Respiratory diseases such as chronic sinusitis, throat infections and lung infections.
  • Systemic diseases, such as diabetes or kidney disease.

How to prevent halitosis

Here are some basic ways to prevent bad breath.

  • Keep a log of the foods you eat and the medications you take to help your dentist diagnose the cause of your bad breath.
  • Drink water frequently – swishing your mouth with water after eating washes away odor-causing bacteria.
  • Seek dental care for persistently foul breath – your dentist can help you determine if your halitosis is from a dental issue or if you need to see a physician to treat a systemic illness.
  • To keep breath fresh and to combat the formation of plaque, chew sugarless gum with xylitol, and eat firm-crunchy vegetables such as carrots and celery.
  • Attend your regularly scheduled dental checkups – the cleanings provided at your appointments will reduce the plaque on your teeth, which helps reduce mouth odor.
  • If your dentist recommends it, use an anti-bacterial mouth wash, which research indicates may be effective in treating halitosis.

“Nearly $10 billion is spent each year to combat halitosis, but much of that is wasted on solutions that only cover up a chronic problem,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist in practice in central Phoenix. “Proper dental care can ensure the root cause of your bad breath is found and treated.”


Speak Your Mind