Bad breath is not only socially uncomfortable, but it can also lower your self-esteem and self-confidence. You may be surprised to learn that bad breath, referred to by dental care specialists as halitosis, has causes that may be out of your direct control. Even so, your dentists can provide you with professional services and products that get rid of or drastically eliminate your episodes of bad breath.
Most people know that onions and garlic have strong odors that linger in the breath, but you might not have realized that brushing, flossing and rinsing your mouth after consuming these foods will not help. That is because the aromatic compounds make their way into your bloodstream where they are metabolized. The gases become part of what is released by your lungs with each breath. You can be breathing out onion smells for hours. Try eating these foods with a high-fiber food like beans, which will help your body process them faster.
Part of dental hygiene includes brushing and flossing your teeth. You should also brush your tongue. Your tongue has many minuscule dips and crevices where bacteria can stick. The bacteria make a film as they grow. This film has a bad odor. While brushing your teeth, also brush your tongue.
Tartar and plaque buildup on your teeth can also be a cause of chronic halitosis. Regular checkups with your dentist can help to get rid of the plaque that causes bad breath. Plaque also causes serious dental conditions, including gum disease. Gum disease itself can worsen bad breath, as there are more bacteria in your mouth to release odors when you speak or smile. Your dentist may suggest that you use a sonic toothbrush, water pick flossing system and prescription toothpaste to lessen plaque development.