February is known as the month of love, and we couldn’t agree more! We love a healthy mouth and healthy teeth. That combination significantly contributes to a person’s overall health-related quality of life. But, if you’re one of the 80 million Americans who suffer from halitosis, also known as bad breath, you probably don’t feel confident about your oral health or talking to people in general. Discover why halitosis occurs and ways to prevent this frustrating condition:
The Leading Cause of Halitosis
Bacteria is the leading cause of halitosis, as it produces unpleasant-smelling gases (bad breath). Additionally, bacteria contribute to the formation of plaque which is detrimental to your oral hygiene. This plaque is not only harmful to your teeth, but it can irritate your gums as well which leads to periodontal disease. The best way to prevent this disease is to eliminate the bacteria that causes the formation of plaque!
Ways to Prevent Halitosis From Occurring
Fortunately, there are many lifestyle changes you can make to prevent halitosis. Make strides today to enact the following tips into your daily life:
- Brush after you eat, as cavities begin to form when food is allowed to stay in your mouth.
- Clean your dentures thoroughly each day.
- Eat foods that benefit your dental health.
- If you smoke, quit. Smoking greatly contributes to bad breath and a decline in oral health.
- Replace your toothbrush quarterly.
- Scrape your tongue, as many odor-causing bacteria live on the tongue.
- Use an alcohol-free mouthwash that will kill bacteria.
- Visit your Warner Robins dentist regularly for a cleaning. (Teeth cleanings have more benefits than you realize.)
Oral health is often overlooked and brushed to the side. But, so much of our overall health is linked to our oral hygiene! Schedule an appointment with Dr. Strandburg to kiss halitosis goodbye.