December 10, 2017
Have you noticed that when you’re talking to someone, he or she tends to back up a step or two? That may be because you have bad breath. But if you find yourself in this situation, don’t feel alone because studies show that 35-45% of people in the world suffer from some level of halitosis. Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be a finality for you. Learn from your dentist in Beaumont what causes bad breath and how you can overcome it with the aid of better oral hygiene, food choices and general dentistry.
Possible Causes of Bad Breath
Having bad breath can be extremely embarrassing and damaging to your self-esteem. But part of the process of overcoming this issue is to know what causes it. Here are of some the reasons:
- Poor Oral Hygiene – Failure to properly clean your mouth, teeth and gums can definitely cause bad breath, allowing bacteria to grow uncontrollably.
- Food and Drink Selections – The foods and drinks you consume can contribute greatly to odious breath. Some known culprits are onions, garlic and coffee. They are notorious for leaving their trails in your mouth.
- Dry Mouth – A dry mouth is a playground for bacteria growth. You may have this issue due to a medical condition or a medication you’re taking.
- Gum Disease – When bacteria and plaque grow unchecked in your mouth, the result can be gum disease, and one of its calling cards is bad breath.
Ways to Overcome Bad Breath
Thankfully, you don’t have to feel permanently held hostage by your bad breath. There are counter measures that you can take to prevent and correct it, here listed:
- Brushing Your Teeth – One of the key measures to fight bad breath is to brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice daily. The brushing agitates and removes the leftover food debris and bacteria that rest on your teeth, and prevents plaque growth.
- Flossing – Bacteria are notorious for hiding in dark, warm, tight crevices. That’s why flossing is equally important as brushing your teeth. And it too should be done at least two times a day. The floss can go places that the bristles of your brush can’t, removing the bacteria that rest just below the gum line.
- Mouthwash – A great supplement to brushing and flossing is mouthwash. It too removes excess food debris and bacteria. But it also helps to keep the mouth wet.
- Healthy Eating – The healthier you eat, the better breath you can expect. This is because bacteria feast on junk food and sugars. The less you provide for them, the less they will grow. Also, eating healthier contributes to more alkaline saliva and aids in the digestion of your food.
Again, don’t feel dismayed about your bad breath. It’s definitely a problem that can be reversed by being more aware and taking the actions to correct the environment of your mouth.
Another great step you should take, too, is to visit your dentist semi-annually for cleanings and examinations. These appointments serve three primary functions: for the dentist to assess your oral health, thoroughly clean your teeth and for you to voice any concerns you may have. Take advantage of this opportunity and remain confident that you can have pleasant breath and optimum oral health.
About the Author
Dr. Michael R. Olson received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Stephen F. Austin State University and went on to earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Texas. He is a member of the American Dental Association and several other professional organizations. Dr. Olson practices at West End Dental Group and can be reached for more information through his website.
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