Wood Family Dental Will Help You To Eliminate Your Bad Breath

Published on August 26, 2013 by

Halitosis, or bad breath is a problem that many people don’t even know
that they have, causing them great embarrassment. Visit your dentist if you
feel or you were told that you have bad breath. Your dentist should be able to help
you to solve this problem. There are many causes of bad breath, and your
dentist can help figure out the cause and suggest treatments. Certain foods
have been known to cause bad breath, including onions and garlic. When these
foods are ingested, their metabolites remain in your blood stream until they
are expired by the air in your lungs. Even though you try to mask the odors of
these foods, with toothpastes or mouthwashes, the odors remain until these
foods are completely metabolized and eliminated from the body.

Other causes of bad breath include
bacteria and food debris left behind in your mouth. These can be removed by
proper oral hygiene practices. Mouthwash use really only masks bad breath, and
can in turn reduce friendly bacteria in your mouth, thus causing an overgrowth
of more harmful and sulphur-producing bacteria, that add to your bad breath. Mouth
dryness (xerostomia) can also lead to bad breath and even make it worse if bad
breath is already present. Mouth dryness does not allow saliva to wash away
bacteria and food debris normally. Sugar-free hard candies and sugar-free chewing
gum can help. Certain lifestyle factors can also cause bad breath, such as
smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages. Medical ailments can also lead to bad
breath. Your medical history should be reviewed by your dentist, and if
necessary, your dentist will refer you to a physician that can help with these
problems and the resultant bad breath.

Here at Wood Family Dental. Hyannis, MA.
we will work together with you and your other health care providers to solve
your halitosis problems.

Nelson Wood,
D.M.D., D.Sc., M.S.

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