Halitosis (Bad Breath), and Your Gums
Causes of Bad Breath
While bad breath can be caused by many things, one of the most common culprits is the buildup of plaque bacteria between and around your teeth. This is because as the bacteria breaks down tiny pieces of food in your mouth, it may release a gas with an unpleasant odor. Even worse, plaque bacteria can also help cause tooth decay and gum disease.
Bad Breath With Your Oral Health Care Routine
The best way to eliminate bad breath caused by plaque bacteria:
- Brushing twice a day is key. parodontax™ is specially formulated with stannous fluoride, which works to remove and kill plaque bacteria, making it 40% more effective at reducing bleeding gums than a regular sodium monofluorophosphate fluoride toothpastes.*
- Flossing to remove plaque and trapped food particles from difficult to reach areas between teeth.
- Gently brushing your tongue can remove any bacteria trapped on the surface.
- Visiting your dentist regularly to check on gum and tooth health, and for a professional cleaning to remove any stubborn deposits of plaque.
Eating and Drinking for Fresh Breath
What you eat and drink —and what you don’t—can be a big part of having fresh breath.
- Avoid strong-smelling foods like spices, garlic, and onions.
- Avoid drinks such as coffee and alcohol that can temporarily make breath smell.
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and to help flush away dead skin cells in the mouth that can cause bad breath.
Bad Breath and Your Overall Health
Bad breath can also be caused by some medical conditions, for example, gastrointestinal, throat, or chest infections. If this is the case, then you need to seek advice from a doctor to help treat it.