If you have noticed that your friends, family members, co-workers, strangers, or even your pets are keeping their distance, the problem may be bad breath. In many cases, your bad breath, or halitosis can be traced back to a recent meal or snack. If you are not brushing or flossing as effectively as you could, bad breath may be a result. If you drink a great deal of coffee or tea or use tobacco, you can end up with halitosis.
However, there are other things that can contribute to your halitosis. For example, respiratory infections can lead to bad breath. If you are dieting bad breath can be a result. Sinusitis, bronchitis, and related problems can be factors. You may have gastrointestinal issues that are causing the problem. Certain kidney and liver problems may be behind your halitosis. In these cases, your dentist may want to consult with your primary care physician. Fighting bad breath may be as simple as taking more time brushing and flossing your teeth. Brushing your tongue can help to remove bacteria that cause bad breath. You may need to reduce your intake of coffee or tobacco or eliminate them. Mouthwash will certainly help, and sugarless gum and hard candy can help stimulate the flow of saliva, which in turn will clean the bacteria from your mouth.
One of the smartest things you can do to fight halitosis is to see your dentist for your regular cleanings and exams. Your dentist can remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth, and check for problems with your mouth that can contribute to bad breath. If it is time for your regular checkup, our dentist, Dr. Virginia Sharpe will be happy to see you. If you live in the Santa Fe, New Mexico, area, you can call 505-982-4686 to schedule an appointment at practice name. Let’s get started on giving you the smile you want!