It is never the goal of the Dental Health Blog to embarrass anyone. Rather, we are here to inform and educate. With that in mind, and for those who might need to know, today we answer the question: Why do you always have bad breath?
Stated simply, in the great majority of patients with Halitosis, your bad breath is due to poor oral hygiene; you are not brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash as often as you should.
Of course, the foods you eat, such as garlic and onions may contribute to the condition but, generally, the bacteria in your mouth that begins the food digestion process, is adding to your condition if you do not clean and rinse regularly. Of course, using tobacco products may also contribute, as may preexisting oral infections, and even other conditions, such as: bronchitis, pneumonia, sinus infections, diabetes, and acid reflux.
Beyond these causes, poorly fitted or poorly cleaned dental prostheses, such as dentures and partial dentures, as well as oral yeast infections, tooth abscess, and cavities may be the ultimate culprit causing your persistent bad breath.
Preventing Bad Breath
If you are regularly suffering from bad breath, you should brush your teeth at least twice every day, floss after every meal, use an anti-bacterial mouth rinse daily, and visit your dental professional for expert help.
- Brush after every meal with a fluoride toothpaste
- Remember to brush your tongue
- Keep a toothbrush nearby always
- Floss regularly to remove food particles from between teeth
- Buy a new toothbrush every 60-90 days
- Dentures and partials should be removed and cleaned at least once every day
- Visit your dentist every 6 months
Beyond the embarrassment you feel from having persistent bad breath, your Halitosis may be a symptom of something more serious developing within your mouth; a serious oral infection that could lead to gum disease and eventual tooth loss. If you are unable to clear up your “stinky mouth” on your own, make an appointment with your dental professional right away.
The doctors and staff at The Colorado Center for Implant and Prosthetic Dentistry are available to help you determine effective solutions to all your dental problems. If you would like more information from your Littleton area Prosthodontist, please call to make an appointment today.