How To Eliminate Chronic Halitosis (Bad Breath)
“Leaving a bad taste in your mouth” isn’t just a figure of speech. It’s actually chronic halitosis – an oral condition that affects more than 80 million people.
More commonly known as “bad breath,” this unpleasant taste and odor is usually caused by wastes from bacteria in the mouth, decaying food particles, other debris left in the mouth, and overall poor oral hygiene. All these elements add up to a sulfur compound that creates that less-than-desirable scent.
Other conditions and behaviors can contribute to or intensify bad breath. Medical situations such as Xerostomia (dry mouth), diabetes, kidney failure, and liver malfunction may lead to halitosis. Stress, change of diet, snoring, aging, and hormone changes can also impact taste and breath. Food and drink strong in flavor, such as onions, garlic and coffee can also factor in for up to 72 hours after consumption.
With so many opportunities to develop bad breath, control and prevention are very important. It starts with good oral hygiene – including the basics like brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day. And, when you brush, be sure to clean not only your teeth but your tongue, cheeks, and roof of your mouth to remove particles and debris from other parts of your mouth. You might also try a tongue-scraping tool or chewing sugar free gum to help minimize halitosis. Mouth rinse, mouthwash and breath sprays are also effective, but usually only mask odor temporarily.
Not only can your dentist advise you on the right prevention and cleaning products and practices to use to combat bad breath, but regular checkups will uncover any mouth or teeth conditions or problems that can contribute.
If you have questions or concerns around your oral health or recurring bad breath, talk with our advanced and knowledgeable doctors and hygienists at Linden Oaks.
Better breath is better for everyone!