What do dentists say about bad breath? Ask any dentist and they will tell you this: bad breath does not discriminate.
Studies have shown that 20 to 30 percent of people in the U.S. have bad breath, or what us medical-types call halitosis. So, if you are brushing your teeth regularly but the odor is still lingering what do you do? Instead of chewing more minty fresh gum, it’s time to take a deeper look at the root cause.
Persistent bad breath is telling you something. While embarrassing, many assume bad breath is just a simple fix. Majority of the time it is, but you will have to make changes in your daily routine if you want to see real results.
What can you do?
- Get to flossing. Those who don’t floss or brush their teeth properly are at a higher risk for halitosis because the bacteria in your mouth will naturally begin to breakdown remaining food particles and produce an odorous sulfur compound.
- Drink more water. The water you consume is doing more than keeping you hydrated; it’s also an aid to wash away food and bacteria. Those who aren’t drinking enough water each day are more likely to have those unpleasant smells lingering around because the bacteria isn’t being washed out.
- Check your sinuses. That may seem like a strange link to bad breath, but it could be the cause of your problems. Sinus infections can contribute to halitosis because of the buildup and bacteria that forms in your nose and sinus cavities.
Enough about the bad (breath). Any good news?
Yes! For most patients halitosis can be corrected with better oral hygiene. For those struggling with bad breath, be intentional about the tips provided above and see what changes come.