Are You Plagued by Halitosis? (Commonly known as bad breath)
Let’s take a look at some of the causes:
- Medications: 75% of prescription medications have dry mouth side effects. This results in less saliva which creates bacteria build-up, producing sulfurous compounds that turn breath foul.
- Eating strong foods like raw onion and garlic.
- Diabetes, kidney, and liver disease. These can produce an unpleasant “fruity” or “fishy” smell.
- Acid reflux, sinus, or allergy problems.
- Poor dental hygiene habits. Dental plaque forms every 24 hours. Dental plaque contains common bacteria that can contribute to dental cavities, periodontal disease, tooth loss and chronic whole body inflammation that can stress the heart, kidneys and general immune system.
So what can be done
- If you suspect any health related issues like diabetes, liver, or kidney disease, consult with your family doctor.
- Be mindful of food choices *
- Don’t smoke
- Be motivated and get into a daily brushing and flossing habit.
- Scrape your tongue with tongue scrapers.
- Rinse and swish after eating **
- Visit your family dentist regularly
* Plain yogurts, fresh fruits, vegetables and cheese help neutralize acids formed in plaque.
* Vitamin C rich foods create an environment where bacteria is less likely to grow.
* Green and black teas have antibacterial properties that help weaken existing plaque and bacteria.
** Rinsing after each meal not only removes food debris but also dilutes lingering acids in the mouth.
Let you Golden, CO dentist help prevent Halitosis (bad breath) by getting a cleaning and exam every 6 months!