Bad Breath and How to Prevent It

Feb 28th, 2012 | By | Category: More dental news, Preventive Dentistry

Bad BreathBad breath: it happens to the best of us. We all have our favorite foods and drinks that give us halitosis, from our morning coffee to the garlic bread at our favorite Italian bistro, and a quick brushing and flossing afterward usually makes everything right again. Sometimes, however, your bad breath will linger no matter what you try, in which case you may have an underlying health problem. Here’s what Dr. Moiceanu wants you to know about bad breath.

What causes bad breath?

  • Foods and drinks. If you consume anything that has a strong odor, such as garlic, onions, coffee, and fish, the smell will stay with you until you clean your mouth. Some foods also cause odors from the inside out and will give you bad breath until they are completely digested.
  • Bad habits. If you do not brush and floss daily, food particles will stick between your teeth and start to rot, creating a breeding ground for foul-smelling bacteria. Smoking and drug use are two other bad habits that can lead to bad breath.
  • Health problems. Gum disease, cavities, and dry mouth are all oral conditions that can cause bad breath. Some non-dental problems that can lead to halitosis include diabetes, liver disease, acid reflux, sinus infection, and kidney problems.

What preventive measures can I take?

Clean your mouth thoroughly at least twice a day. Start by flossing between each tooth to remove any bacteria-causing food particles. Then brush your teeth, gums and tongue for at least two minutes. As a majority of the oral bacteria in your mouth collect on the tongue, you should also use a tongue scraper. Finish your oral hygiene regimen with a 30-second swish of mouthwash to kill germs and wash away any last bits of food debris.

When should I see Dr. Moiceanu for my bad breath?

If your bad breath continues despite a rigorous cleaning routine, you may have a serious underlying problem in your mouth or elsewhere in the body. Dr. Moiceanu can determine if you have any issues with your teeth or gums causing your bad breath. If he cannot find any dental problems, you should make an appointment with your medical doctor.

If you can’t get a handle on your bad breath, schedule an appointment with Dr. Moiceanu at (510) 758-7222. Hilltop Family Dental happily serves patients from Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante, Vallejo, Pinole, El Cerrito, Hercules, Benicia, and the greater Contra Costa County area.

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