If the first thing people do when they come face to face is turn away, it could have something to do with your breath. After all, bad breath is more common than you think.
People with halitosis will never know they have it unless someone else breaks the news to them. According to your Kalispell dentist it is impossible to smell your own breath. Regardless of what you try it just isn’t going to happen.
The most common cause of halitosis is poor oral hygiene. Northwest Center for Dentistry explains that slack habits create bad breath.
For example, if you don’t brush and floss every day you will have bad breath. There is no way around it. The only way to prevent bad breath is to brush twice and floss once a day, but that’s not all.
Bad breath is a build-up of plaque and tartar. While you can remove plaque yourself, tartar can only be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist. That’s what makes twice yearly professional cleanings an essential part of oral hygiene.
While poor oral hygiene is the number one reason people suffer from bad breath it isn’t the only one.
What Causes Bad Breath?
Dr. Cameron Clark explains that while poor oral hygiene is at the top of the list there are a few other things that could be to blame.
Those other things include:
- Dry Mouth
- Infrequent Dental Appointments
- Keto Diets
- Diets High in Sugar
- Certain Medical Conditions
Those Conditions Above
Chronic dry mouth can be caused from both over the counter and prescriptions can make your mouth dry. Dry mouth means a lack of saliva. Saliva is what washes the plaque and bacteria away.
Diets that are high in sugar and people who are on the Keto diet will notice a difference. When it comes to bad breath both could be the culprit.
Underlying medical conditions such as sinus and nasal infections, chronic tonsillitis, post nasal drip and even acid reflux can be the reason you suffer from halitosis.
What You Can Do About Bad Breath
Bad breath doesn’t have to be a life sentence when you schedule an appointment with your Kalispell family dentist.
Northwest Center for Dentistry will help you determine the cause of your bad breath whether it stems from your teeth and gums or something else. If it is something else, a doctor’s appointment should be next in order.
Send a direct message and schedule an appointment for a dental checkup with Northwest Center for Dentistry today.