Fighting Bad Breath

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Halitosis, or bad breath, is something almost everyone will suffer from at some point. In order to avoid it, you need to know what causes it and what you can do about it.

Bad breath is caused by bacterial waste in the mouth. It can be from the decay of food particles, poor oral hygiene, or lack of saliva production. The combination of debris and decay can form a sulfur compound that emits an unpleasant odor.

Halitosis can also be the result of a medical infection, kidney failure, liver problems, or diabetes. This is why it is important to see your dentist in Anchorage if the condition is persistent.

Get Rid Of Bad Breath

Infected gums are one of the more common and obvious causes of bad breath. To eliminate the problem, brush often with a soft-bristled brush, and floss on a regular basis. You may also want to make an appointment with Mint Dental Alaska in Anchorage. 

Been awhile since you brushed your teeth? Dirty teeth are another common cause of bad breath. Your mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria, and regular brushing is needed to keep it under control.

You should be brushing more than just your teeth and gums. Your tongue also needs a regular brushing. Removing bacteria from the back area of the tongue can be very helpful in preventing bad breath.

Has it been a long time since you had something to eat? Missing meals can contribute to halitosis as the increased saliva production needed to chew and swallow also normally washes away impurities and lose food particles. Missing meals means the mouth doesn’t produce the amount of saliva it normally would. Smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco can also reduce the production of saliva, and contribute to bad breath.

If you have bad breath on a regular basis, you should have it checked out by a dental professional. It could be an indication of a more serious condition.

Author Dr. Jonathan McNeil


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