Bad Breath: Three Ways To Combat It
Bad breath can be a major source of embarrassment for many people and it's one of the main reasons many people choose to avoid social situations. And while it can often arise because of poor oral hygiene habits or an existing dental issue, at Joseph M. Boesch, DDS Dental Care in Rockville, we know that bad breath can also be an indicator of an underlying health problem.
What are the main causes of bad breath?
The most common cause of bad breath is poor oral hygiene. When food particles and bacteria are allowed to build up on your teeth, they can release sulfur compounds that cause odor. Poor dental hygiene can also cause gum disease, which can lead to bad breath.
Another common cause of bad breath is dry mouth. Also known as xerostomia, dry mouth occurs when there is a decrease in saliva production. Saliva is important because it helps to wash away food particles and bacteria that can cause bad breath.
Other causes of bad breath include eating certain foods, such as garlic or onions; smoking; and certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, GERD, and sinus infections.
How can a dentist treat my bad breath?
If bad breath is caused by poor oral hygiene, a dental professional will likely recommend that you brush and floss more regularly. You may also be prescribed a mouthwash or toothpaste that contains antibacterial properties.
If bad breath is caused by dry mouth, you may be advised to drink more water throughout the day or use a saliva substitute.
In some cases, bad breath may be the result of a more serious systemic condition. If this is the case, your dentist will likely refer you to a specialist for further evaluation and treatment.
Bad breath is a common problem that can often be treated successfully, easily, and quickly. If you’re looking for help with freshening your breath, call Joseph M. Boesch, DDS Dental Care in Rockville, today!
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- Determine the cause of bad breath
- Receive any necessary treatment to eradicate odor
- Develop oral hygiene habits to reduce bad breath symptoms
- Boost your speaking and laughing confidence
- Prioritize your oral health!