Don't Let Bad Breath Control Your Life. How We Can Solve This Problem
Bad breath – it can be really embarrassing to talk about, and it's even worse if it's your own!
Typically, bad breath can be successfully managed with a few improvements to your brushing routine and maybe an antibacterial mouth rinse. However, if your bad breath is chronic and won't go away, it may be time to contact your dentist to determine if you have a deeper problem.
What Causes Bad Breath?
Also known as halitosis, bad breath can be caused by a number of things including:
- Certain foods such as onions, garlic, or curry
- Certain medications that cause dry mouth
- Smoking or tobacco use
- Acid reflux
- Periodontal disease
Successfully Managing Halitosis
Sometimes eliminating bad breath can be as simple as using a mouth rinse, breath mint, or chewing gum.
Brushing your tongue during your daily brushing routine is also helpful since bacteria often hide in the grooves and crevices of the surface of your tongue. Always make sure you're consistently brushing after meals and before bedtime so food doesn't sit in your mouth overnight.
Drinking more water is also a great way to not only keep your mouth hydrated but also wash away the remaining debris and food particles from your meals.
Why Chronic Bad Breath is a Problem
If you've tried all of these techniques and you still find yourself struggling to keep bad breath at bay, it's time to call your dentist and schedule a cleaning and checkup. Why? Because chronic bad breath that you can't get rid of is an early warning sign of gum disease, or gingivitis.
Gum disease is an infection of your gums and bone, and gingivitis is the first stage. If you're proactive about visiting your dentist in Northeast Calgary, gingivitis can often be treated with a professional cleaning and improvements made to your home care routine. If it's left untreated gum disease will eventually destroy the support system for your teeth and can result in tooth loss.
Let us help you with your bad breath! Give Calgary Dental House a call today to schedule an appointment.