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What Is Halitosis?

October 31, 2022 1:25 am

Morning breath and occasional bad breath happen to everyone. But if your breath is chronically bad no matter what you do, you may be experiencing a condition called halitosis.

What Is Halitosis?

If brushing, flossing, and mouthwash seem to only improve your breath for a short time, you may have halitosis. Halitosis, or chronic bad breath, is usually a sign of an underlying problem.

Since poor oral hygiene is the most common cause of halitosis, we often recommend improving your at-home oral hygiene routine as the first step in treatment. This means brushing your teeth twice each day for two minutes each time and flossing once every day. In addition, make sure you’re drinking plenty of water. If your halitosis persists, there could be a different cause.

What Causes Halitosis Other Than Poor Oral Hygiene?

Once our Jonesboro Family Dental team rules out poor oral hygiene as the culprit for your halitosis, we’ll move on to other possible issues.

For example, oral bacteria from cavities and gum disease can contribute to halitosis. Similarly, tonsil stones and postnasal drip from nose, sinus, and throat infections can cause halitosis. Dry mouth is another possible cause: when your body does not produce enough saliva, food particles stick to your teeth and provide breeding grounds for oral bacteria. Smoking and tobacco use are also common causes for halitosis because they both dry out your mouth and increase your risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and infection.

How Can I Prevent Halitosis?

The best way to prevent halitosis is to follow a good oral hygiene routine at home in addition to keeping up with regular checkups at our office. At your appointment, our team can provide more personalized recommendations. Please contact us today to schedule your visit to Jonesboro Family Dental! We hope to hear from you soon.

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