• June 4, 2019
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What is the most common cause of bad breath..?

The most common cause of halitosis is poor oral hygiene. Without proper oral hygiene — like brushing, flossing, and routine dental cleanings — harmful bacteria invade your mouth and multiply out of control. This can lead to several oral health issues like halitosis, cavities, and gum disease.

What does it mean if you have bad breath all the time?
If you have chronic halitosis, it could mean you have gum disease. This isn’t always the case, though. Halitosis can also be a symptom of the conditions listed in the section above.

If you have bad breath that doesn’t go away, schedule an appointment with your dentist. If halitosis is due to poor oral hygiene, a dental cleaning or periodontal (gum) procedure should help. If you have healthy teeth and gums, then halitosis may be linked to an issue in another part of your body.

How can I prevent halitosis..?
Proper oral hygiene is the best way to keep your breath smelling clean and fresh. Here are some general guidelines:

  • Brush twice a day, for at least two minutes each time, and floss once a day. Remember to clean your tongue with your brush or a tongue scraper, which you can buy in the oral health aisle.
  • Use an alcohol-free antibacterial mouthwash.
  • See your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. For some people, this may be every six months. But others may need more frequent visits to keep their oral health in check.
  • Drink a lot of water to help prevent dry mouth.
  • Boost the production of saliva by using sugar-free chewing gum, sucking on sugar-free candy or eating healthy foods that require a lot of chewing. Your dentist might recommend or prescribe products that can produce artificial saliva or help your body produce saliva.
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine and tobacco products because they can dry out your mouth.

Consult your dentist to find the best option for you

If you’re looking for a way to replace missing teeth, be sure to consult your dentist before making your final decision.

All five options presented are reliable and work well for replacing missing teeth, but discussing the options with a professional is the only way to ensure you get the specific treatment you need.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with OXY Dental Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, request an appointment in our OXY dental office here: OXY Dental Or call us at  9966444364