Even when patients practice good oral health habits, they may have an issue with problems such as bad breath. Also known as halitosis, bad breath can occur for a variety of reasons. Not only can it be a sign of poor oral health habits, it can be caused by:
- Poor care of dentures and braces
- Cigarette smoking
- Chewing tobacco
- Alcohol consumption
- Tooth decay and gum disease
- Throat and lung infections
- Dry mouth/reduced flow of saliva
- Certain medications that can cause dry mouth
- Foods such as garlic and onions
How can I address bad breath?
Dr. Steven Holbrook of Albuquerque, NM is pleased to offer some solutions for patients who are struggling with managing their bad breath. Below are a few tips and recommendations to consider when trying to improve and freshen breath:
- Take good care of the smile. Good dental hygiene habits can play a significant role in the treatment of bad breath. Patients should make sure to brush and floss their teeth as directed. If they are wearing appliances such as orthodontics or full dentures, ensure that these are cleaned regularly to avoid trapping food particles in the appliances that can contribute to halitosis.
- Eat healthy foods. A healthy, proper diet high in fruits and vegetables is not only good for your body, but for your dental health! Make sure you avoid excess consumption of sugary drinks and foods such as candies and sodas, and consider avoiding foods that contribute to bad breath.
- Stay hydrated. Dry mouth is a common reason for bad breath. Patients who are on medications that cause dry mouth, or those who are experiencing this condition, can combat bad breath by ensuring they are hydrated. Patients can also suck on sugar free candies or chew sugar free gum to keep saliva flowing and avoid dry mouth.
- Visit the dentist. Many problems that cause bad breath can be addressed with the help of a dentist. Patients who experience bad breath can ask their dentist for an evaluation to determine if certain conditions are the cause.
Are you dealing with halitosis?
Consider visiting the dentist for an evaluation and to discuss ways of addressing bad breath. Dr. Steven Holbrook and his team can be reached at (505) 881-1159 and is located at 8228 Louisiana Blvd. NE Ste. C in Albuquerque, NM. New patients are invited to learn more about Dr. Steven Holbrook and his practice.