There are few things more embarrassing than persistent bad breath. If you suffer from halitosis, it can be stressful and aggravating going through packs of gum every day just to try and mask your oral odour. Because halitosis can be caused by a variety of factors, it can be difficult to determine the cause of your bad breath. Luckily, the expert professionals at Courtenay Dental Health & Implant Centre are here to help you ditch your halitosis. Here are some of the factors that can cause bad breath, and what to do about them.
- The first step to mitigating halitosis is reviewing your brushing habits. This is a good place to start because bad breath is often linked to dental hygiene. Make sure you are brushing for at least two minutes, twice a day and flossing daily. Maintaining good teeth cleaning habits will reduce your likelihood of developing gum disease and tooth decay, which contribute to bad breath.
- Remember to schedule regular teeth cleaning appointments at Courtenay Dental Health & Implant Centre. Over time, plaque solidifies on the surface of your teeth and can’t be removed by regular brushing. That’s why it’s important to have a dental hygienist clean your teeth every 6 months to remove plaque and other odour-causing food debris. It will also give our experienced dentists a chance to inspect your mouth.
- Review any and all medications you are currently taking. In some cases, persistent bad breath can be a side effect of some over-the-counter medications. Talk to your dentist about the medications you are using and ask whether they could be contributing to the problem.