Bad breath plagues us all from time to time depending on what they eat, drink, or how well they are. However, there are many people who find that bad breath is a troubling condition that hinders them in their everyday life. If bad breath is a condition that you find troubles you more than just on occasion, it is time to speak with your dentist. As a specialist of all things related to oral health, your dentist is your best advocate regarding your unpleasant breath.
Many times, choices that you make day to day greatly contribute to the scent of your breath. Any use of tobacco will greatly contribute to any problems with bad breath that you currently have. Tobacco not only has its own strong smell that leaves behind an unpleasant residue inside the mouth, but it also causes damage to your oral health. The damage caused by tobacco only worsens the smell that tobacco causes; thus, your breath will continually grow worse the longer you use any type of tobacco product. Other choices that contribute to your bad breath are the foods and beverages that you consume on a regular basis. Coffee, wine, alcohol, garlic, onions, and certain cheeses are all notorious for causing unpleasant breath. With regular consumption of these foods and beverages, your breath will continue to smell of these things. However, if you avoid these foods and beverages on a regular basis, you will find that the smell of your breath should greatly improve.
Other factors that cause bad breath are dehydration, poor oral hygiene, and dirty oral appliances. The mouth needs a constant supply of saliva in order to rinse away damaging bacteria from the mouth. If the mouth is dehydrated, then the bacteria will grow and remain on the teeth – contributing to an unhealthy mouth as well as bad breath. This is another reason why oral hygiene is so important. Flossing and brushing the teeth every day help to clean the teeth and gums of bacteria-laden plaque. This plaque is also notorious for building up on oral appliances. Dentures, retainers, and aligners can all harbor foul smells if they are not cleaned properly each time they are taken out of the mouth. By taking note of how well you care for your mouth and what you place inside your mouth, you are helping to promote pleasant breath instead of bad breath.
If you are plagued by bad breath, please contact Gainesville Dental Group to schedule an appointment. Our dentists will perform a thorough exam and cleaning to make sure that there are not serious underlying causes.
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