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Chronic halitosis, also known as bad breath, is a common problem affecting more than 80 million people in the US. Bad breath is created by a sulfur compound that is created by bacteria as they breakdown food particles and other debris in your mouth. Maintaining proper oral hygiene and scheduling regular teeth cleaning is one of the best ways to combat halitosis.
Proper brushing technique is one of the easiest ways to help prevent bad breath. This includes brushing your teeth and gums at least twice a day, for a minimum of two minutes each time, and flossing your teeth at least once a day. To ensure the removal of all food particles, you also want to brush your tongue, as food and bacteria builds up on the bumpy surface of your tongue. A tongue scraper can also be a useful tool for removing unwanted debris and preventing odors. Using an antiseptic mouthwash, such as Listerine, can also help prevent bad breath. Rinse at least twice daily for at least seconds each time. If you can’t brush right away after meals and snacks, consider a vigorous rinse with water to help rinse away food debris.
Regular checkups can also help determine the source of halitosis. Gingivitis, gum disease, cavities, plaque and tartar buildup all contribute to bad breath. Sometimes systemic problems contribute to bad breath, too, such as gastric reflux, stomach ulcers, diabetes, and bronchitis to name a few, and a consult with your physician may be necessary. Call our office in Cuyahoga Falls to schedule your next appointment.