People with chronic bad breath know the embarrassment and frustration associated with this condition. In this post from Durham Dental Group we look at possible causes, some that are often overlooked:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Digestive problems
- Systemic infection
- Bacteria on dentures
- Gum disease
- Food particles on tonsils
- Dry mouth
We can help you with this uncomfortable issue. If your bad breath is the result of inadequate oral hygiene, you’re in luck—this is one of the easiest types to treat. If you have visited our dental blog before, you know step one: make sure you brush for a full three minutes and floss before you climb into bed.
People with no idea how long they brush can set a timer (there is probably one on your smartphone). In addition to cleaning tooth surfaces, scrub your tongue! Then take the time to carefully floss around each tooth to wash away the plaque between your teeth and keep your gums healthy.
Some people brush after each meal to prevent particles of food from sitting on their teeth during the day. Excellent idea! In addition to freshening your breath, consistent oral hygiene will improve your health.
Possible dental causes are: a cavity, a broken crown, or gum disease. If we suspect that your bad breath is related to a non-dental condition, such as a respiratory infection, you will be referred to an appropriate medical professional.
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