Is Your Breath Ready For Valentine's Day?
Whether you plan on spending an evening entertaining with friends or you’re preparing for a date night that is one for the books, a case of bad breath is the surest way to ruin a great Valentine’s Day. Halitosis (or bad breath) is a common concern for many patients. According to recent studies, it is thought to affect around 20% of the US population.
While there are varying degrees of halitosis, the most common causes of bad breath include:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Smoking or using tobacco products
- Regularly ingesting strong smelling foods like coffee and garlic
- Dry mouth
- Oral infections like tooth decay or periodontal disease
How Can You Prevent Bad Breath?
Simply put, halitosis is caused when bacteria in the mouth break down foods that produce foul odors. Luckily, most cases of bad breath can easily be avoided or remedied by improving your oral hygiene. Patients who are struggling with bad breath should do their best to improve their oral hygiene by brushing their teeth at least twice a day, flossing daily and using mouthwash to remove all food particles from their mouth. When your teeth and tongue are free from leftover food particles, bacteria is less likely to cause tooth decay or bad breath.
Some other easy ways that you can eliminate bad breath include:
- Using tongue and cheek scrapers.
- Swishing your mouth out with water after every meal.
- Chewing sugar-free gum (for those with dry mouth).
- Drinking more water. Dry mouths are more susceptible to tooth decay and bad breath.
Good oral hygiene is something you should work at all year long, not just for Valentine’s Day. If you have questions about how you can achieve a healthy and happy smile, be sure to call or contact the team at Kavanaugh Dentistry online today.