If you have bad breath, then you are not alone. Foods and other conditions can cause your bad breath to linger and can be hard to overcome. There is much to understand about halitosis, which is why our dental team is happy to share some information with you.
First of all, halitosis, also known as stubborn bad breath, is a medical condition that usually results from the neglect of oral hygiene habits. Halitosis is also a universal warning sign of other oral health conditions in your smile like gum disease. However, the exciting and helpful news is there are treatments you can do to help yourself overcome this condition.
Our dentist, Dr. Taylor Goggins with Denver Restorative Dentistry in Broomfield, Colorado, cares about your oral health and is happy to help you with your persistent bad breath.
Here is a list of treatment options for halitosis:
-Visit your dentist often for dental exams and a detailed cleaning of your teeth and gums. Your dentist will also be able to see if gum disease or any conditions threatening the health of your smile that could be causing the concerns.
-Mouthwash is known to kill bacteria and neutralize acids that are clinging to your teeth and gums causing the bad breath.
-If you wear dentures, remember to remove them at night and clean them thoroughly. If you neglect your dentures, then you are inviting bacteria into your mouth causing your bad breath and could make the bad breath worse over time.
-Most bad breath bacteria are found in the gums or nesting on your tongue. If you try brushing your tongue or using a tongue scraper to clear bacteria, you could remove the bacteria from your mouth causing the stench.
-Brushing and flossing your teeth are always the essentials in preventing bad breath and keeping a healthy smile. Bad breath can be triggered by cavities and neglect of these two simple, daily habits.
-Stop smoking. Tobacco use of any kind is known for leading to bad breath. This habit can harm your oral health severely and threaten your life in the form of cancer.
Remember the best thing to do when it comes to your oral health care is to visit your dentist. By visiting your dentist, you are keeping your mouth in check and giving yourself proper oral health exams to avoid any severe or damaging conditions.
If you would like more information on overcoming halitosis, or if you need to come in for a dental cleaning and see what the cause of your bad breath is, please call us today at 303-427-4120 to make an appointment. We are always happy to help you and your smile stay in top-notch oral health.