Bad breath, or halitosis, can be an unpleasant and embarrassing problem to have. While bad breath can be embarrassing, it’s also something that can be embarrassingly easy to ignore.
Bad breath is a catch-all term for a range of unpleasant mouth odors caused by food, poor oral hygiene, or an underlying health condition. Not all cases of bad breath originate from the mouth alone; some conditions that cause foul breath are systemic in nature, such as when the body is unable to break down food and process it effectively, which sends odorous compounds into the lungs and respiratory tract to create an odor that is hard to hide.
More commonly, though, instances of bad breath stem from improper oral health care, including not brushing or flossing regularly and not visiting the dentist routinely for a professional cleaning and checkup. These habits allow for plaque to linger in the mouth and on the teeth, which gives off a foul odor when it combines with bacteria that accumulate in the oral cavity. Unhealthy eating habits also contribute heavily to bad breath, as foods high in sugar and acid content tend to produce byproducts that contribute to tooth decay and gum disease, both of which can promote bad breath.
Most cases of bad breath are caused by oral bacteria that accumulate in the mouth, causing foul odors in the throat and mouth. However, there are additional factors that can contribute to the occurrence of bad breath as well.
In most cases, good oral hygiene is the best way to avoid bad breath. Brushing and flossing the teeth at least twice a day can help to remove plaque and food debris from the teeth, preventing them from decaying and causing an odor. Avoiding foods that are high in fat and acid can also help to avoid bad breath. Quitting smoking or using tobacco products can also improve the smell of a person’s breath considerably.
Every smile is unique and requires individualized care. Regular visits to the dentist can help prevent cavities, gingivitis, and other oral health problems. It is important to visit the dentist regularly for professional cleanings and exams. In addition to regular visits, it is important to practice good oral hygiene at home by brushing and flossing every day. Practicing quality at-home oral care is the best way to maintain a beautiful and healthy smile for life!
Contact Sugar Land Dental in Sugar Land, TX, for more specific instructions on taking care of your teeth. To book an appointment, call (281) 980-5100 or visit us at 101 Southwestern Blvd Suite 204, Sugar Land, TX 77478.