Halitosis is most commonly caused by anaerobic bacteria on the tongue and gums. It is associated with dental issues like tooth decay and gum disease and, most often, a sign that you are suffering from these issues.
In order to prevent halitosis, it is important to brush and floss daily. The tongue is also a prime location for anaerobic bacteria, and patients should be vigilant in removing their tongue plaque with a tongue scraper. If you have halitosis, our dentist can create a treatment plan and may recommend certain products, such as medicated rinses, anti-cavity toothpaste, or oral probiotics.
What Is Halitosis?
Halitosis, or bad breath, is a common condition that can be caused by a number of factors. It might be caused by heredity, improper oral hygiene, tooth decay, gum disease, or abscesses in the mouth. Chronic halitosis can also be a sign of chronic sinusitis or bronchitis. Other causes include dry mouth, acid reflux, diabetes, or liver or kidney problems.
Bad breath can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. It is caused by oral bacteria breaking down food particles on the tongue, between the teeth, or in the throat, which causes an unpleasant odor. Some studies have found a connection between chronic gum disease and bad breath. Others suggest a link between dry mouth and bad breath.
Managing Bad Breath at Home
You may be able to control halitosis at home by rinsing with an alcohol-free mouthwash. This kills bacteria and leaves your breath fresh. You should also try to brush your teeth after meals not only in the morning and before bed. Our dentist can provide a personalized halitosis treatment to manage your bad breath.
Halitosis, or chronic bad breath, is a condition that is typically caused by poor oral hygiene. Bad breath can also be a sign of other health problems. There are several things you can do to help prevent halitosis, including:
Brushing and flossing. Your regular oral care routine should include brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day. This will help remove food particles and bacteria from your mouth.
Tongue scraping. Using a tongue scraper helps remove bacteria from the tongue that can cause bad breath.
Mouthwash. Using a mouthwash that contains fluoride can help remove food particles and bacteria from your mouth.
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