When on a date or in a business setting, do you ever feel self-conscious about your breath? If so, you’re not alone. Many people that suffer from chronic bad breath and rely on gum and breath mints to conceal the problem. However, if you really want to correct chronic bad breath, you need to evaluate your current dental hygiene routine.
What are the causes of chronic bad breath?
To successfully correct your chronic bad breath predicament, you need to first understand what may be causing the problem. When food is not properly removed from your teeth, it fuels the growth of existing bacteria and germs on your teeth. Also, if you have not been to the dentist lately, you likely have built-up plaque on your teeth, inflamed gums, cavities, or possibly a cracked filling. These all can lead to some foul smelling breath.
Sometimes your chronic bad breath can be a symptom of something else going on within your body, such as diabetes, liver disease, or an on-going case of bronchitis. For this reason, chronic bad breath is something that certainly should not be ignored.
So what can you do to correct your chronic bad breath?
If it’s been a while since you have visited your dentist for a routine cleaning, the first thing you should do is schedule an appointment for a dental cleaning and evaluation. A thorough cleaning will help to clear up any built-up plaque, and your dentist can fill cavities, correct cracked fillings, and address any issues with your inflamed gums.
Also, step up your dental hygiene routine and make sure that you are brushing twice a day and flossing daily. Using an anti-bacterial mouthwash can provide additional defense against bad breath.
Contact us at Padden Dental for more ways to combat your chronic bad breath.