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What to Do About Chronic Bad Breath
If you have chronic bad breath, then you know how embarrassing this problem can be. Instead of temporarily masking odor with breath mints, gum and other freshening products, get to the root of this unpleasant condition and eliminate it once and for all. Start by getting an accurate diagnosis from your dentist. Once you know the specific cause of your bad breath, then you can address it while also keeping up with your excellent oral care habits.
What Is Causing Your Halitosis?
Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is characterized by an unpleasant oral odor. This can make simple things like having a close conversation with someone a source of embarrassment and anxiety. Brushing and flossing can help by removing bacteria and other substances from the mouth that can create a foul smell. What if you still experience symptoms even with good oral hygiene?
Determining the cause of bad breath can be tricky without the help of a healthcare professional because there are so many possibilities of what may be causing it. Simple factors such as the nature of your eating habits or poor dental hygiene can lead to halitosis. Other oral health issues such as dry mouth and gum disease may be the culprit. Having chronic bad breath can also indicate a serious health problem such as a respiratory infection or problems with the liver or kidneys. To find out what is causing the problem, make an appointment with your dentist. After examining your mouth and discussing your habits and medical history, he can give you a diagnosis and refer you to your family physician or another medical professional if necessary.
How to Stop Chronic Bad Breath
Your dentist or doctor can talk to you about ways to address any health issues that are triggering halitosis. Another step that you can take is to make sure that you are practicing great oral care habits. Brushing twice a day and flossing daily will help to control bacteria in the mouth, thus controlling odor. Brush for two minutes at a time, brushing all surfaces of teeth and your tongue with a Colgate 360 Toothbrush. For that fresh-mouth feel, try a toothpaste that is designed to combat bad breath such as the Colgate Max Fresh with Mini Breath Strips toothpaste. Use floss to keep the spaces in between your teeth clean. You can also use an interdental brush to clean hard-to-reach places. Regular dental visits are another part of good oral hygiene. See your dentist twice a year for a check-up, a professional cleaning with the dental hygienist and to talk about any oral health concerns that you may have.
Learn more about controlling bad breath in the Colgate Oral Care resources.