While everyone suffers from bad breath occasionally, chronic bad breath, or halitosis, can be a major inconvenience. Today, we want to talk about some of the causes of chronic halitosis as well as strategies for managing bad breath.
What Is Chronic Halitosis?
If you have chronic halitosis, you’re not alone. Around 50 million Americans have experienced halitosis at some point in their lives. While bad breath may be the result of poor oral hygiene, there are many other causes. For example, chronic inflammation of the sinuses, nose, or throat can cause bad breath, as can small stones that form on the tonsils. If you’ve noticed that you have bad breath that doesn’t seem to go away, let us know during your next visit.
How Can I Avoid Halitosis?
Bad breath can be a major inconvenience, and no one wants to deal with it daily. We’ve put together the following list of tips to avoid halitosis and to help you have cleaner, fresher breath each day.
1. Practice Good Oral Hygiene.
Make sure you’re brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing every day. This prevents bacteria from multiplying, forming in to plaque, and causing tooth decay.
2. Hydration Is Key
In addition, make it a point to stay hydrated. Staying hydrated increases saliva production, which helps wash away any food particles left behind after you eat.
3. Visit Us Regularly
In addition to your at-home oral hygiene routine, make sure you’re visiting our office every six months or so for cleanings and exams. Sometimes, a professional cleaning is the only way to get rid of pesky, odor-causing plaque build-up or tartar. Dr. Cutting can check for other issues that may be the root cause of your bad breath.
To ask our team any questions about beating chronic halitosis or to schedule your next visit to our office, contact us today!