Bad Breath/Halitosis

Chronic bad breath, or halitosis, is definitely something that you should not ignore. Your friends and family would certainly agree. It is possible that bad breath comes from a poor dental hygiene routine, an underlying health problem, or simply too much garlic at dinner time. Regardless of the cause, it is possible to prevent and treat halitosis. if your bad breath is chronic, meaning it is long lasting over the course of many days or weeks, you should seek help of your dentist or doctor. Here at Open Wide Dental, we want all of our clients in Phoenix to have fresh breath that their friends and family enjoy.

Causes of Halitosis

The things that you eat and drink throughout the day certainly can cause bad breath. As mentioned earlier, some foods, such as garlic, typically cause bad breath that can be longer-lasting than others. Food is absorbed into your bloodstream and eventually moved to your lungs. this affects the air that you exhale and causes your breath to be foul. Food residue left behind in your mouth, in between your teeth, and on the surface of your tongue, can also affect the air that passes over it as it exits from your mouth. Some of the biggest offending foods and drinks are as follows:

  • Cheese
  • Pastrami
  • Certain Spices
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Soda and Orange Juice
  • Alcohol

Halitosis is most generally caused by poor dental hygiene. This means that you are not thoroughly cleaning your teeth, gums, and tongue as efficiently as possible. Bad breath typically results from the remaining pieces of food stuck between your teeth or on the surface of your mouth that begins to rot and cause bad breath. Your gums will eventually become inflamed, and your mouth will be even harder to clean because food particles can then get stuck inside of pockets between your gums and teeth.

If you are struggling from chronic bad breath, or halitosis, you should schedule an appointment with Open Wide Dental in Phoenix as soon as possible. Your dentist can help you find the underlying reasons of halitosis, even if it is not due to poor dental hygiene.

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