Many men and women mistakenly believe that all bad breath is linked to dissatisfactory brushing. The truth is that there are myriad causes of halitosis. Your dentist can help you pinpoint the cause of your trouble and discuss how to cure bad breath.
Your diet dramatically impacts your breath. Because foods begin to be digested the second they enter your mouth, and because they are absorbed and distributed throughout the body, you probably will be able to smell strong-smelling foods like onions and garlic long after you’ve eaten them.
Therefore, using a mouthwash will only mask the smell. Constantly sucking on breath mints is also not smart. This may bring additional oral troubles—especially if the mints have sugar. If you want real relief, you may need to avoid strong foods altogether.
Furthermore, many dieters find that their diet regimen is making it harder to keep their mouth fresh and clean. Low-carb and no-carb diets promote fat burning, but the side effect of bad breath can be caused by the chemicals released during this process. Increasing water intake can help alleviate this.
Lastly, flossing regularly is often the key to truly fresh breath. Many individuals don’t realize how much food can be stuck between their teeth, and this food can cause halitosis if it isn’t removed. More importantly, the food particles turn into plaque which can cause decay and gum disease.
I’m Drs. Stephen and Kimberly Dankworth of La Costa Dental Excellence in Carlsbad. My practice provides general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to residents in the Encinitas area. I am enthusiastic about prime oral health for all of my patients, and that includes fresh breath. I also want them to love their smile, so if you have any questions about cosmetic dental smile makeovers or other cosmetic dental procedures, give us a call at 760-633-3033.
— -Drs. Dankworth
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