The Thanksgiving season is upon us, bringing along the delicious smells, fantastic feasts, and family gatherings we all know and love. However, having bad breath can put a damper on any holiday, while making you feel embarrassed around the people you love. That is why our team here at Ronald C. Fuhrmann, DDS, A division of Atlantic Dental Care in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is happy to help you address your bad breath problem, and provide you with information to help you fight back bad breath and take control of your oral care.
Halitosis, also known as persistent bad breath, has many causes. Some of these causes include:
-Bacteria: There are thousands of different kinds of bacteria that can live in your teeth and gums. Bacteria on the food left in your mouth can also leave horrible-smelling particles in your teeth.
-Gum disease: Gum disease can be scary and cause devastating effects. However, bad breath can be a warning sign of advanced gum disease from the bacteria and plaque residing in your smile.
-Dry mouth: Saliva is very important to the body. In fact, saliva helps wash out bacteria and food particles from your mouth. However, when your mouth is too dry it cannot clear enough bacteria away.
-Food: We all know of some foods we eat that can cause bad breath like garlic, onions, and other foods and drinks can linger in your mouth leaving you with a foul odor.
-Tobacco: Smoking not only stains your teeth but gives you bad breath and a higher risk for a series of health problems. Tobacco irritates your gums and the residue can stick to your gums and teeth leaving bad bacteria.
The good news is, there are a few at-home remedies you can do to help fight off halitosis. These include:
-Oral habits: Brushing at least twice a day, for two minutes a day and flossing daily. This will clear away some of the sticky bacteria, plaque, and particles that cause halitosis.
-Mouthwash: Mouthwash can also play an important factor in cleaning bacteria from your gums and your tongue, along with water.
-Stay hydrated: Remember, water is your friend, and can help keep your saliva flowing.
-Cut tobacco: Another important element with fighting halitosis is to quit smoking. This is a dangerous habit to your health and the people around you.
-Visit your dentist: The most important thing you can do to overcome Halitosis is to visit your dentist. He can help you find the exact cause of your halitosis and lead your smile back to positive oral health in the best possible way.
If you still have questions about your oral health, please call our office today at 757-716-7943. Our friendly staff is happy to help you with your oral questions and needs you may have. So, this Thanksgiving, take pride in your smile and greet your friends and family with a healthy and fresh smile this holiday season.