Is your bad breath making you self-conscious or nervous in social situations? Have you noticed bad breath that just won’t seem to go away or comes back quickly after brushing?
It is very likely that your chronic bad breath, also known as halitosis, is caused by negligent oral health care. While your diet, medications that you may take, and other factors such as tobacco use can contribute to your bad breath – diligent at home dental care is the most common way to deter bad breath.
The same germs in your mouth that can cause gum disease and tooth decay also cause bad breath. These germs are promoted by sugars and carbohydrates that remain in your mouth. When you do not brush multiple times a day or skip flossing at home you allow the sugars and carbs from the day’s meals to accumulate. This allows bacteria to grow and settle between your teeth, along your gum line and on the roof of your mouth and base of your tongue.
In order to avoid the bad breath that accompanies these built up germs it is important to brush at least twice a day, if not after every meal. Also, you should floss every evening before bedtime – more frequently for optimal results. Finally, by gently brushing the back of your tongue, the roof of your mouth and by using a mouth wash you will greatly reduce your chances for developing halitosis.