Clinically known as halitosis, chronic bad breath is more than the type that happens to just about everyone in the morning, after an onion and garlic laden meal, or as a result of not drinking enough water that day. Halitosis can be the result of lifestyle factors (think smoking, drinking a lot of alcohol, not being meticulous with oral hygiene) or may be the result of an oral systemic health issue. Either way, bad breath can give a terrible impression that might affect your personal and professional life. When you feel like people are backing away when you get too close, you can end up feeling self-conscious and embarrassed. Your Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, will highlight some of the most common causes of bad breath, and share steps you can take to keep your breath fresh.
Bad Breath: What Not to Do
DON’T give in to poor oral hygiene habits. Brushing and flossing twice a day will clear away food particles and odor-causing bacteria in your mouth. Be sure to brush your tongue (or try a tongue scraper) to strike out at the population of bacteria that congregate in the back of your mouth.
DON’T eat certain pungent foods. Foods which contain high amounts of sulfur compounds (such as garlic and onions) can cause terrible breath. However, you’ll be able to discern which foods seem to trigger your halitosis issues the most. Many people report issues with high protein foods such as dairy, fish, and meat.
DON’T succumb to tobacco products. Tobacco in all of its insidious forms will cause unpleasant mouth odors as well as encouraging bacterial growth. Even if you don’t smoke, you’ve probably smelled “smoker’s breath” on someone else, and can attest to the fact that it’s better to just say no to tobacco.
Talk to Your Dentist If Bad Breath Persists
If you continue to experience bad breath despite taking preventive measures, discuss this with your dentist at your next checkup and cleaning. Call your Farmington Hills dentist at (248) 474-6434 to schedule an appointment with our 48335 dentist office today. We serve patients from Dearborn, Novi, Livonia, Farmington Hills, and the surrounding Detroit neighborhoods.