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Monday, October 7, 2013

Bad breath breakdown

Bad breath or halitosis, results from poor dental health habits and could be a sign of other serious health problems. Bad breath could  be made worse by diet and other lifestyle habits.
How Does Your Diet Affect Your Breath?
All the food you eat begins to be broken down in your mouth. As foods are digested and absorbed into the bloodstream, they are eventually carried to your lungs and given off in your breath. If you eat foods with strong odors (such as garlic and onions), brushing and flossing -- even mouthwash -- only cover up the odor temporarily. The odor will not go away completely until the foods have passed entirely through your body.
Why Do Poor Habits Cause Bad Breath?
If you don't brush and floss daily, food particles remain in your mouth, which promotes bacterial growth in your mouth. This causes bad breath. Antibacterial rinses can help reduce bacteria. Smoking or chewing tobacco-based products can also cause bad breath, stain your  teeth, reduce your ability to taste foods, and irritate your gums.
What Can I Do to Prevent Bad Breath?
Bad breath can be reduced or prevented if you:
·       Practice good oral hygiene. Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove food debris and plaque. Brush teeth after you eat. Don't forget to brush the tongue. Replace your toothbrush every two to three months. Use floss to remove food particles and plaque between teeth once a day.
·       See your dentist regularly -- at least twice a year. He or she will conduct an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning and will be able detect and treat periodontal disease, dry mouth, or other problems that may be the cause of bad mouth odor.
·       Stop smoking/chewing tobacco-based products.
·       Drink lots of water. This will keep your mouth moist.

Who Treats Bad Breath?

In most cases, your dentist may be able to treat the cause of bad breath. If your dentist determines that your mouth is healthy and the odor is not of oral origin, you may be referred to your family doctor or to a specialist.

What Products Can I Use to Eliminate Bad Breath?

You can buy a number of mouthwashes over-the-counter that claim they eliminate bad breath. However, keep in mind that many of these mouthwashes generally provide only a temporary relief from unpleasant mouth odor. There are, however, several antiseptic mouth-rinse products available that instead of simply masking odor, kill the germs that cause bad breath. Ask your dentist about which product is best for you.

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