Nobody wants bad breath – although the worst part about bad breath (halitosis) is that more times than not the person with the bad breath is the only person who doesn’t realize they’ve got it. Most people become used to the smell of their own breath and tend not to notice the odor. In these cases, generally, the only way to know if you are suffering from this condition is if someone comments on it. However, most people are often too polite to mention another person’s bad breath –at least to their face. You might need to rely on the honesty of your dentist in Ottawa or your friends and family to inform you on your bad breath.
But what causes bad breath anyways? In most cases, bad breath comes from a build-up of bacteria in the mouth. These bacteria can be found in food debris that cause plaque to buildup on the teeth, or coat the back of the tongue. Often times an Ottawa dentist will recommend practicing good oral hygiene to help solve this problem. Ask any Westboro dentist and they will tell you that regular brushing of your teeth and tongue, flossing, and using mouthwashes are the most effective ways to prevent bad breath from occurring.
One fool proof method Ottawa dentists suggest their patients try to self-detect bad breath is a simple freshness test. Start my slightly licking the inside of your wrist. Wait a moments for the saliva to dry, then smell your wrist. If you detect any disagreeable smell, you’re likely to have bad breath.
The foods and beverages we consume are often large factors associated with our bad breath. The foods we eat are absorbed into our bloodstreams and the smell of these foods become enclosed in our lungs, affecting the air we exhale. Brushing your teeth or using mouthwash can mask the odor briefly, but halitosis will last until the offender is no longer in your system. Common offenders that cause frequent bad breath include:
- Cigarette smoke
- Certain spices
- Orange juice
If you feel like you might be suffering from this condition consult an Ottawa dentist, or during your next appointment mention these concerns to your Westboro dentist and they will be able to give you advice on how to better handle unfortunate cases of bad breath.