BOCA RATON DENTIST EXPLAINS HOW TO TREAT AND PREVENT BAD BREATH, ALSO KNOWN AS HALITOSIS
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Nothing can stop a great conversation or ruin a promising night with friends faster than bad breath. Unfortunately, chronic bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a reality for many adult patients. The good news is that this bothersome problem can be treated effectively, and there are even steps that you can take to prevent bad breath from affecting your life all together.
Our Boca Raton dentists have compiled a list of some lesser-known causes of bad breath, so that you can take steps to prevent these problems. Although many patients try to correct bad breath with breath mints or gum, it really is better to minimize bad breath in the first place with preventative steps.
The first thing to keep in mind is that bad breath is often caused by dry mouth or decreased saliva production. There are a number of conditions that can contribute to chronic dry mouth, therefore causing bad breath.
Diet & Exercise
It’s not uncommon that patients on diets experience an onset of bad breath once they begin their new diet routine. This is because skipping meals can cause bad breath, as your mouth produces less saliva and allows bacteria to build up in your mouth. Your natural saliva keeps your teeth remineralized and help to keep oral bacteria in check, so if you’re skipping meals you may notice that your breath begins to feel and smell stale.
Additionally, increased stress can decrease saliva production. So if you’re experiencing episodic or chronic stress, keep in mind that you may need to take extra precautions in order to keep your mouth healthy.
Along with brushing and flossing at least twice a day, patient with bad breath can incorporate a mouth rinse into their daily oral hygiene routines. Additionally make sure to drink enough water throughout the day, and eat regular meals in order to encourage healthy saliva production. If you need additional help give our Boca Raton dental office a call to schedule a consultation!
Martin R. Polin, DMD & Carly S. Polin, DMD 2600 North Military Trail, Suite 320 Boca Raton, FL 33431 Phone: (561) 997-2323 Map