August 13, 2020
As you sit in your car, all dressed up for your first date in months, you glance at the clock and realize you have a few minutes to spare. After looking at your hair for the 100th time and smoothing out your clothes, you do a quick breath check and feel your heart sink into your stomach. It reeks. Quickly, you pop a mint into your mouth and hope its powerful enough to last until the highly anticipated first kiss.
If this situation sounds all too familiar, then you are not alone. In fact, over 80 million people suffer from bad breath, which is professionally referred to as halitosis. If you are a part of this statistic, then read on for the common causes and how to prevent it!
5 Common Causes of Bad Breath
It’s safe to say that no one likes bad breath. So, getting rid of it quickly is of the utmost importance. However, to effectively implement prevention tactics, it is important to first understand the root of the issue. Here are five common causes to look out for:
- Potent foods, like onions and garlic.
- Tobacco products, like cigarettes.
- Poor dental hygiene.
- Oral concerns, like dry mouth or an untreated infection.
- Certain medications.
8 Easy Ways to Prevent It From Happening
Chronic bad breath can be embarrassing and even anxiety-inducing. However, there are habits you can implement to prevent it from occurring while simultaneously keeping your mouth healthy. For example, make sure to:
- Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day to remove food debris.
- Floss daily to dislodge plaque.
- Always clean your tongue with a toothbrush or a tongue scraper.
- Use mouthwash regularly.
- Avoid poor dental habits, like smoking and excessively drinking alcohol.
- Keep sugarless chewing gum on hand.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
- Implement a vitamin-rich diet to keep your teeth and gums healthy from the inside-out.
How Your Dentist Can Help
If you have tried implementing the above tactics to no avail, then it is time to schedule an appointment with your dentist. By conducting a thorough exam, they can detect issues the naked eye can’t see and treat the root of the problem. Plus, they can recommend special products and tools that can keep your breath minty-fresh!
About the Author
After earning his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Nicholls State University, Dr. C.J. Landry obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the LSU School of Dentistry. For over three decades, Dr. Landry has provided exemplary dental care to his patients while simultaneously completing countless hours of continuing education and advanced training. That way, patients can achieve beautiful smiles and pristine oral health with his personalized approach and the latest technology has to offer. If you or a loved one is currently struggling with chronic bad breath, don’t hesitate to visit his website or give him a call at 504-348-0080.
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