Halitosis Doesn’t Have to Be Part of Your Life

Halitosis Doesn’t Have to Be Part of Your Life

Halitosis Doesn’t Have to Be Part of Your Life

If you have just been told you have bad breath it isn’t the end of the world and you can bet your good friend or family member didn’t feel comfortable telling you about it either.

Your dentist in Richmond explains that bad breath or halitosis can be caused by anything from poor oral hygiene to prescription medications.

It’s a sad fact that 80 percent of bad breath is caused by bacteria buildup, but that isn’t the only reason people suffer from halitosis.

According to Inspired Smiles, the best way to get to the bottom of your bad breath is to cross off the most common causes of halitosis.

Common Causes of Bad Breath

Bad habits such as tobacco and alcohol use and the wrong over the counter and prescription medications lead to halitosis. Other causes of bad breath include dry mouth, respiratory problems, and chronic ailments such as liver and kidney disease. Your Richmond dentist lists postnasal drip and tonsil infection as possible causes as well.

What Bad Breath Can Mean to your Health

halitosis_dentist_RichmondBad breath that is caused by poor oral hygiene is bad for overall health. Research indicates a link between gum disease and other health problems including heart disease and stroke. People who have diabetes have a higher rate of gingivitis as do people with Alzheimer’s disease.

If you don’t brush twice and floss once a day, schedule regular dental checkups and eat a healthy diet you will be susceptible to halitosis. If you have a tough time brushing and flossing, don’t be afraid to talk to Dr. Daniel or Dr. Victoria Yeager. Both dentists would love to give you a brush up on your oral hygiene skills.

Preventing Bad Breath

Inspired Smiles explains that the best way to prevent bad breath is to brush and floss every day. Use an antibacterial mouthwash and keep odorous foods to a minimum.

Keep in mind that onions and garlic will stay in your system for 72 hours after digestion showing the odors through your lungs and on your breath.

Regular dental checkups also keep halitosis in check. During an examination, your dentist will check for cavities and gum disease while checking restorations and oral appliances as well. If you have a bad dental bridge bacteria buildup could be the cause of your chronic halitosis.

Schedule Regular Dental Checkups for Fresh Breath

The best way to prevent chronic halitosis is with regular dental checkups. Schedule yours with Inspired Smiles today.