Causes and Solutions of Bad Breath

Have you ever wondered what the cause of bad breath (halitosis) is? We’ve all been there, and 5% of the population suffer from this frustrating condition at any one time.
The good news? Halitosis can be completely preventable. However, in order to prevent it, we must first understand how it occurs.
In four out of 5 cases, bad breath is caused by an excess of plaque that has not been removed, often building up on the tongue.
Plaque occurs when a combination of food and bacteria stick to the tooth’s surface. Usually when we are eating meals the average person consumes enough saliva to act as a protectant of harmful acids that can cause plaque. When we snack in between meals however, there often isn’t enough saliva being produced to ensure this occurs.
Avoiding sugary foods and swapping for snacks higher in fiber can help minimize plaque buildup during the day. Of course, maintaining oral hygiene by brushing, flossing and using an antibacterial mouthwash twice daily is the most important factor towards avoiding halitosis.
Some other factors that can contribute to bad breath may be dental decay, gum disease, or dry mouth. In the case of dental decay/gum disease, this can be resolved by a visit to the dentist for a professional clean. Dry mouth can be caused by not drinking enough water, drinking too much caffeine or as a side effect of some medications.
Overall, halitosis isn’t fun, but there are solutions available to prevent it. Brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash are a surefire way to avoid symptoms, as well as avoiding sugary foods in between mealtimes, and swapping for foods high in fiber when you do snack. If you have any concerns or your halitosis is persisting, book an appointment with your dentist to find the cause.

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