Bad Breath

It is estimated that more than 30 million Americans suffer from chronic bad breath. Oral halitosis or bad breath is caused by bacteria that live and thrive in the warm, moist confines of the mouth, tongue, throat, and related structures. 95% of bad breath problems are typically the result of odor-producing molecules that result from bacterial byproducts.

Poor oral hygiene, leaking or broken fillings, gum disease, and the effects of smoking are a few of the more common causes of mouth odor. A comprehensive dental examination can identify if any of the above factors are responsible for chronic halitosis.

In approximately 5% of cases, certain medical conditions such as lung or sinus infections, diabetes, digestive problems, and many prescription medicines can lead to chronic bad breath. When clinical examination and medical history rule these conditions out, the origins of bad breath can typically be traced back to oral bacteria.

For most people, the following will eliminate bad breath:

* Schedule regular visits to your dentist and dental hygienist for checkups and cleanings.
* Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
* Brush your tongue to remove odor causing bacteria.
* Floss once a day. Using an oral irrigator can help remove particles of food.
* If you wear dentures, take them out at night and clean them thoroughly before placing them back into your mouth.
* Mouthwashes and breath freshness are generally cosmetic and do not have a long lasting effect on bad breath.
* Fluoride mouth rinse can prevent tooth decay.
* Look for products that carry the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.


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