Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is usually caused by poor oral hygiene, unhealthy habits, certain foods, and oral infections. Many patients are affected by bad breath, which can have an impact on your self esteem. Your Frisco family dentist understands your personal concerns and will take the time to determine the cause of your bad breath and recommend an appropriate treatment.
Generally, the best way to prevent bad breath is to maintain a good daily oral care routine. Even those with chronic bad breath can freshen up with a few changes in their oral hygiene. Brushing twice a day, cleansing with a mouthwash, flossing once a day, and rinsing with water after meals and snacks will eliminate harmful bacteria in the mouth. Changing lifestyle habits, such as avoiding tobacco, chewing sugar free gum after meals, and eating a healthy diet are also easy changes to prevent bad breath.
Persistent bad breath may be more than just a result of poor oral care. Bacteria in the mouth that has been left behind causes halitosis, or chronic bad breath. Gum disease, tooth decay, and certain medications may also be causing bad breath that changes in your oral hygiene cannot fix. There are also certain illnesses and medical conditions that can lead to dry mouth and persistent bad breath. Addressing halitosis promptly can be important for both oral and overall health.
At Millennium Smiles, each routine checkup will remove plaque and bacteria that has been left behind on your teeth. It is important to discuss your concern about persistent bad breath so that our team may assist you in identifying the cause and ensuring any health concerns are addressed.
Your Frisco family dentist is a partner in your overall health care and strives to help maintain both a healthy smile and a healthy lifestyle.