Halitosis and How to Avoid It

February 5, 2016

Bad breath, no one wants it. We all try to avoid it. Much like oral hygiene, it requires steady dedication in order to remain clean and healthy. Like cavities, having persistent bad breath (halitosis) is not something that happens overnight. Bad breath after several hours of sleeping (morning breath) is common, but it’s critical to know the difference. Having bad breath creep in even after you’ve brushed can be a warning sign or deeper health problems as well as bad habits.

What causes halitosis?

  • Quick, lazy brushing that doesn’t provide a deep clean
  • Germs along with plaque – halitosis is a symptom of gum disease (gingivitis)
  • Unhealthy habits such as smoking, chewing tobacco, heavy alcohol and caffeine consumption
  • Eating fermenting-rich foods like garlic and onions
  • Not flossing – food particles stuck between or in the back of teeth will continue to rot, effecting your breath
  • Health problems: bad breath may be a symptom of other problems effecting your health

Ways to treat halitosis:

Despite the comprehensive list we’ve just provided, most cases of bad breath can be treated by practicing these healthy habits:

Drink plenty of water. Water assists your saliva in the act of cleansing your mouth

Brush, floss and rinse with mouthwash – this remains the dentist’s and orthodontist’s mantra for a reason. Keeping your teeth and gums clean remains your first, last, and best line of defense against every tooth and gum problem in the book. We will certainly do our part, and keeping those check-ups on a regular basis certainly helps. But you are truly the master of your own destiny here. Brushing while failing to floss or rinse is a lot like sweeping but never bothering to mop. Everything can look clean, but without the extra steps, problems will fester out of sight until you have larger, noticeable problems you can’t ignore.

How about covering it up with mouthwash, chewing on mint and breath-mints etc.?

Doing these will help, and it doesn’t’ hurt to pop a breath-mint before a social event, but this is classic “treating the symptom and not the ailment” behavior. You can cover up bad breath, for a time, but you need to take the steps we listed above, if you want to have a real, lasting change to your breath (and your overall health).

If halitosis or other oral-care problems persist, then it’s time to check your local Gahanna, Westerville and Johnstown, Ohio areas for a dentist. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us.

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