You’re probably thinking, what is halitosis? Well, we all have had it at some time in our life. Halitosis is another word for bad breath. While some may only experience having bad breath every once in a while, others struggle with chronic halitosis. Halitosis is caused by bacteria in your mouth. Bacteria can make itself at home inside your mouth for many different reasons.
Desoto Family Dental Care is dedicated to providing Desoto County, Mississippi with the highest quality dental care. Doctor Seymore, Parolli, and Trotter, as well as our team of professionals promise to give you the best experience possible when you are in our office. We can help you with your halitosis or any other dental needs you may have. Let’s take a look at ways to prevent halitosis.
Causes of Halitosis
Generally, halitosis is caused by problems inside the mouth. Neglecting dental hygiene can cause bacteria to flourish. These bacteria alone can cause a foul smell, but they can also lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Both of these diseases can really pack a punch when it comes to bad breath.
Having a thorough and consistent dental hygiene routine should be enough to keep halitosis at bay. This routine should include:
- Brushing twice per day with fluoride toothpaste
- Cleaning the gums and tongue
- Flossing once per day
- Drinking plenty of water
- Avoiding sugary foods and drinks
- Avoiding tobacco products
- Getting regular dental checkups
If you are still struggling with bad breath, you should consult your dentist to make sure that the problem is not something more serious. They may suggest that you try a mouthwash on top of your routine to further limit bacteria. Visiting the dentist regularly should help catch any problems before they become serious and lead to symptoms like halitosis.
Breath Refreshing Tips
If you need a refresher during the day to tame your bad breath, there are plenty of options for you to try. Anything that will help wash away bacteria from the mouth will help with halitosis. Here’s a few ideas:
- Rinse out your mouth with water or mouthwash
- Avoid foods that will cause bad breath (onions and garlic)
- Chew sugar free gum
- Eat crunchy healthy food like apples and carrots
- Drink water
If you need help managing halitosis, we can help you get to the bottom of it. To schedule an appointment, give us a call at (662)429-5239, or visit our website to find out more about us and what we can do for you.