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Causes of Bad Breath
White, Greer, & Maggard Orthodontics is here with a quick guide to some of the most common causes of bad breath.
Simply the most common culprit in causing bad breath. Any strong smelling foods have a tendency to linger in your mouth because there are still food particles left over in your mouth after you eat/ If you really want to avoid bad breath, you can choose to avoid these foods. If you’re the kind of person that loves great tasting food whether it smells or not, you can still avoid having bad breath by brushing your teeth and using mouthwash to get rid of all of those remaining food particles.
Smoking and Tobacco Use
Unfortunately, these are still very common habits and common causes of bad breath. Whether it’s inhaling smoke or chewing on tobacco, not only are you seriously putting some serious staining on your teeth, but you’re also releasing some strong smells in your mouth that are difficult to just brush out. While it may be difficult, your best bet is to kick these habits completely. When you do, your breath will smell fresh and your overall health will improve, making it a win-win situation.
The bacteria present in tooth decay can cause your breath to smell foul. This is one of the many reasons it’s so important to brush and floss your teeth well every day. By doing a great job with your oral hygiene and seeing your dentist regularly, you can avoid tooth decay, and in turn, avoid bad breath.
When you’re wearing braces, bacteria can even flourish on the particles of food left behind after brushing and flossing to give you bad breath. Tiny bits of food can easily become trapped in all the crevices of your braces so be extra diligent with your oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment.
Other things that can cause bad breath are dry mouth, health problems like sinus infections and diabetes and some medications like antihistamines.
Contact White, Greer, & Maggard Orthodontics With Questions!
The doctors at White, Greer, & Maggard Orthodontics work hard to help our patients achieve good oral health by providing them with exceptional orthodontic care. If you have any questions about how you can keep your breath fresh during orthodontic treatments, don’t hesitate to contact us at any one of our 14 orthodontic offices.