The medical name for bad breath, halitosis, can be embarrassing, and for some people, it’s to blame for social anxiety and depression. For those suffering from halitosis, help is just a phone call away. At Red Bank Smiles, we can help determine the cause of bad breath, treating it at the source, so you can get back to living your life. Call us today at 732-741-1052 to make an appointment.
What Causes Bad Breath?
Halitosis can be caused by a number of factors, such as food. For example, when you consume onions, garlic, cheese, certain spices and alcohol, the foods are absorbed into the bloodstream and carried to your lungs, causing the air you exhale to take on a bad odor.
Another common source of bad breath is poor dental hygiene. If you don’t brush on a regular basis, food particles remain in and around your teeth and tongue. As they decompose, they can cause bad breath. Poor dental hygiene can also lead to gum disease, another source of halitosis. Other health conditions that have the potential to trigger bad mouth odor include sinus infections, chronic lung infections, liver or kidney disease, gastrointestinal problems and diabetes… Learn More
How to Prevent Halitosis
Trying to get rid of bad breath? First, look at your eating and drinking habits. Avoiding foods and beverages that cause bad breath can help put an end to halitosis. If you suffer from dry mouth, try drinking more water or chewing on mints to activate your salivary glands. Also, be sure to avoid using tobacco products.
Next, you should double-check your dental hygiene routine. Ideally, you should be brushing your teeth, gums and tongue twice daily and flossing once a day. If you wear dentures, make sure to remove them at night and put them into a cleaning solution.
If you experience halitosis on a regular basis, talk to your dentist. They can check for more serious conditions, like periodontitis, and help come up with a plan to prevent bad breath. At Red Bank Smiles, we provide comprehensive halitosis care, so you can enjoy a healthy, confident smile. Schedule an appointment today.