Next week, many of us will be joining gatherings of our friends and families. In addition to looking our best, we also want to be free of halitosis. What can you do to stop bad breath? With the right steps, you can enjoy improved oral health, as well as fresher breath.
Frequently Asked Questions About Bad Breath
Question: Can certain foods lead to bad breath?
Answer: Yes! Onions and garlic are examples of foods that can worsen halitosis. In fact, consuming too much of these foods can cause the odor to become difficult to mask, even with mouthwash. You may need to alter your diet.
Question: Is dry mouth a factor?
Answer: Yes, dry mouth can lead to poor breath. Dry mouth means there isn’t enough saliva in your mouth to help remove food particles and harmful bacteria. The bacteria then break down food particles, a process that can lead to plaque buildup, as well as halitosis. If you have dry mouth, you can talk to your dentist. You can also chew sugar-free gum to help promote saliva production and drink more water.
Question: Will poor oral hygiene lead to halitosis?
Answer: Not brushing and flossing also leaves behind food particles, encouraging bacteria to break down the particles and leading to a number of complications, from halitosis to a greater risk of tooth decay.
Question: What can I do to keep my smile healthy?
Answer: If you have dry mouth or persistent bad breath, talk to your dentist. In addition, start maintaining better care from home. We suggest you take time to brush your teeth twice a day (once when you wake up and again before bed) and floss each night before going to sleep.
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