If people are running for the hills when you open your mouth, it could have something to do with your breath. Bad breath is a serious problem that is not only offensive, but could also be a clue that something else is going on with your overall health.
Chronic bad breath, or halitosis is a problem that affects billions of people all over the globe and could be a sign of gum disease or tooth decay.
What Health Problems Can Be Associated with Halitosis?
If you have a bad taste in your mouth or persistent halitosis, it could be a sign of gingivitis or the more serious periodontal disease. Plaque and tartar build up will irritate your gums and if left untreated could cause permanent gum damage and even tooth loss.
According to Colgate, dry mouth, which can be caused by medication, salivary gum problems or breathing through the mouth constantly can lead to bad breath as the acids that are needed to wash away the bacteria in the saliva are non existant. Saliva is needed to wash away the dead cells that have accumulated on your cheeks, gums and tongue. If they remain the cells will cause bad breath.
Other diseases that can cause bad breath include bronchitis, acid reflux, diabetes, postnasal drip, chornic sinus infections, kidney or liver problems.
Preventing Bad Breath
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
It is imperative that you practice good oral hygiene. I tell my patients to brush twice and floss once each day. Don’t forget to brush your tongue as well to help prevent bad breath. Replace your toothbrush when it begins to fray. Use an antibacterial mouthwash twice each day. If you wear dentures, remove at night and clean before replacing in the morning.
Schedule Regular Dental Appointments
Schedule regular dental appointments with my Downtown Portland dental practice. Twice a year it is imperative that you schedule professional teeth cleaning appointments and a comprehensive dental exam with an oral cancer screening.
Kick the Habit
Smoking and chewing tobacco will cause bad breath. Schedule an appointment with your primary care physician who can help you quit smoking or chewing for good.
Drink lots of water which will help keep you hydrated and your mouth moist. Chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless candy which can help stimulate your salivary glands and wash away bacteria and food particles.
You don’t have to suffer from bad breath. Call or click and schedule an appointment for a comprehensive dental exam with my Downtown Portland dental practice today.