Bad breath can be embarrassing. Most of the time it’s easy to get rid of, but when it becomes a chronic problem, it’s time to get help from your dentist in Jacksonville, FL. At Mandarin Dentistry, we can help you manage and even get rid of your bad breath. Here’s what to know about treating bad breath, and how to avoid it in the future.
What causes bad breath?
Bad breath is generally caused by food particles and bacteria in the mouth. Sometimes, bad breath occurs when the food you’ve eaten gets into the blood stream. Bad breath can also be caused by a variety of dental problems and conditions, such as:
- Periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is an infection that causes inflammation of the gums. Periodontal disease is caused by a buildup of bacteria in the mouth, which can lead to chronic bad breath.
- Cavities and infection. If you have cavities or an infection in your tooth, you may have bad breath until the problem is resolved.
- Dry mouth. Dry mouth can lead to a buildup of bacteria in the mouth, which can in turn lead to bad breath. Dry mouth can be caused by dehydration, smoking, medication and other lifestyle factors.
How can I get rid of bad breath?
If you’re fighting chronic bad breath, brushing twice daily may not be enough to get rid of the problem. Talk to your dentist to find out what’s causing your bad breath. If it’s caused by a problem such as periodontal disease or a cavity, your dentist should be able to identify the problem quickly and resolve it.
How can I prevent bad breath?
The best way to prevent bad breath is to brush your teeth twice daily, floss once daily, and see your dentist twice annually. It’s also helpful to get periodic tutorials on how to brush your teeth and floss (to ensure that you’re doing it right).
Have bad breath that won’t go away? Contact your dentist.
At Mandarin Dentistry, we offer dental cleaning services in Jacksonville, FL. We can help you fight bad breath. Call today to make an appointment and schedule your routine dental cleaning and examination.