How to Manage Bad Breath

“Man, your breath stinks.” If you’ve heard it before, you’re definitely not alone. Recent studies have shown that 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. suffer from bad breath– or they think they do. Bad breath can be caused from many different factors, both externally and internally. Through this article, we will take a look at how halitosis (bad breath) is caused and what steps you can take to rid yourself of this unappealing problem.

Most commonly, bad breath is caused by a buildup of bacteria in your mouth. This buildup causes inflammation which results in an unpleasant odor. This can easily be resolved by brushing and flossing at least twice a day. Food particles that are trapped between teeth are normally the culprit of one’s bad breath- so flossing is key! Also, the buildup of bacteria can easily lock onto your tongue, so remember to brush your tongue with a tongue brush or scraper (sometimes conveniently located on the backside of your toothbrush head). Also, per usual, people who regularly use alcohol or tobacco products are at a higher risk of an odorous breath.

Other signs of bad breath can be attributed to plaque development in dentures, lack of saliva and a dry mouth, sinus issues or patients who diet on a regular basis. So as you can see, most bad breath can be treated with proper and continual oral care. If you’re not sure if you suffer from bad breath, find someone you trust (must be a true friend!) and have he or she make a biased free judgement call. If you are keeping up with your regular oral care and still continually find yourself in a bad breath scenario, give us or your dental provider a call to take a second look.

So, keep your teeth, gums and tongue clean and you may find yourself free of bad breath! If you still can’t get to the bottom of it, give us a call at (303) 399-0400 or visit us online at http://www.cherry-creekdentist.com/.