If you suffer from bad breath, there may be other dental health issues causing this problem.
Previously, we discussed bad breath and why flossing is so important. We mentioned that bad breath may also be a sign of something more serious. Below, we look at some of the dental health issues that may be causing this problem.
Dental health issues may include:
Infected root canal
Throat or oral cancer
Tonsils that contain trapped food particles
Non-dental health issues may include:
Form a Habit
To fight bad breath, you should be sure to floss and brush twice per day. Brushing should include teeth, tongue, gums and the roof of your mouth. Mouthwash can be used, but mouthwash only offers temporary relief and it is not a substitute for brushing or flossing. You also need to schedule routine dental visits for a professional teeth cleaning.
If you keep a proper dental hygiene habit but still experience bad breath, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Aerni in Strongsville, OH.
If you suffer from bad breath, flossing may be able to help.
Many people overlook flossing, but flossing helps remove food and bacteria from your teeth and around your gums that your brush cannot reach. If these germs are left in your mouth, they can begin to create an unpleasant smell.
Chronic bad breath, also called halitosis, is more common than you may realize. This issue should not be taken lightly. Bad breath may be a sign of other dental health issues and needs to be addressed as soon as possible.
How Saliva Helps
With less saliva in your mouth, you are more susceptible to plaque. Plaque, along with tooth decay and gum disease, can cause bad breath as well. One of the best times to floss is in the morning when you brush your teeth because saliva flow slows down as you sleep.
You should also make sure you are staying hydrated and eating properly. Drinking water and the act of chewing help increase saliva.
Flossing is an important part of a proper dental hygiene routine. If you are experiencing bad breath, try flossing.
If flossing does not seem to be working, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Aerni in Strongsville, OH.
Germs that can create gingivitis, tooth decay and gum disease live in groups. When these groups of germs are broken up by brushing they become much less problematic. These groups of germs not only have the ability to create dental health issues, but they also produce foul odors. An unclean tongue can be the reason for halitosis, or bad breath, since these odors are produced by germs.
Cleaning your tongue is one of the best ways to fight bad breath as well as the harmful germs in your mouth that can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Sometimes, a tongue scraper may be recommended to help prevent halitosis. One of the best times to brush your tongue is in the morning when you brush your teeth.
Some quick brushing tips:
Tilt the brush at a 45-degree angle against the gumline and sweep or roll the brush away from gumline.
Gently brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of each tooth using short back-and-forth strokes.
Gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath.
Are you concerned about bad breath?
If you experience bad breath, do not ignore it. Bad breath can be linked to a number of dental health issues. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Aerni in Strongsville, OH to discuss proper hygiene and treatment for bad breath.