Do you feel self-conscious about your breath? Are you tired of people slowly backing away from you during conversations? Are you tired of being too afraid to make a move on that cute barista at the coffee shop because you know how bad your breath is? You’re not alone. In fact, about 1 in 4 people suffer from halitosis (bad breath). You don’t have to live with it any longer. Here are some of the causes and cures for bad breath.

Common Causes Of Halitosis

  1. Poor dental hygiene. Poor dental hygiene is the leading cause of halitosis. Without regular brushing and flossing, you can have a buildup of food particles that slowly break down, creating a foul odor.
  2. Dry mouth. Saliva naturally cleans the mouth. When your mouth is dry, odors can begin to build up.
  3. Food. We have bacteria in our mouth that helps break down particles of food. This process produces sulfur compounds that can cause our breath to smell.

 

Cures For Halitosis

  1. Regular brushing and flossing. Brushing at least twice a day and regularly flossing is key in fighting bad breath. Brushing only cleans around 60% of the surface of the tooth, so flossing is important to remove the plaque and food particles between your teeth. This, along with regular check-ups and cleanings from your dentist, will go a long way in helping you avoid bad breath.
  2. Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water, avoiding anything that dehydrates your mouth and doing things that help stimulate the creation of saliva (like chewing gum or sucking on a sweet candy) will help keep your breath fresh. If your mouth is chronically dry, you should visit a doctor, who may prescribe medication to help stimulate the flow of saliva.

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Our staff can provide you with the dentistry services you need to have a healthy, beautiful, and fresh smile. Contact us at our local Austin, TX office at 512-250-9444.