POSSIBLE CAUSES OF BAD BREATH
We’ve all had bad breath after eating some fragrant foods, but when bad breath lingers long after the food has left your body or you haven’t eaten such food, you may have halitosis. Halitosis, the medical term for bad breath, is usually caused by poor dental hygiene, but can also be a result of behaviors and other conditions.
Poor dental hygiene. A lack of brushing and flossing, as well as not adequately brushing your tongue to remove bacteria, can lead to constant bad breath. Bits of food that get stuck between your teeth can attract bacteria.
Smoking or chewing tobacco. Smoking or using chewing tobacco contributes to bad breath, especially if you don’t take care of your mouth. It can also lead to stained teeth, irritated gums, and reduced taste.
Medical conditions. Dry mouth, or xerostomia, is a condition in which not enough saliva is produced to wash away food and dead cells. These bits can accumulate in your mouth and result in bad breath. Other diseases, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections, and postnasal drip can also contribute to bad breath.
To counteract bad breath, make sure you have a daily dental regimen of brushing twice a day for at least two minutes at a time, flossing at least once a day, and maintaining regular checkups with your dentist. You may also want to consider using an antibacterial mouth rinse.
If you’d like to make an appointment to discuss the possible causes of bad breath or other dental health issues, please call Molson Park Dental Office at (705) 722-4848. Our experienced and helpful team is ready to tell you more about us and to help you with your dental health.