Dental One Associates at Steeplechase
9141 Alaking Court, Suite 107, Capitol Heights, MD 20743

The Causes and Cures for Halitosis

Dentists refer to bad breath as halitosis. But regardless of its name, it’s a challenging condition for millions of people. Luckily, bad breath is easy to treat, and even prevent, with a few simple steps.

How Oral Hygiene Habits Affect Your Breath

Family dentistry experts warn that the quality of oral hygiene corresponds to your breath. The better your habits, the better your breath. That’s because sour-smelling bacteria that accumulates on your teeth, gums, and tongue usually cause halitosis. This problem is prominent for people who suffer from gum disease because the condition causes deep spaces between your teeth and gums, which tends to trap food particles. Over time, this food attracts bacteria and leads to very bad breath. The way to avoid both bacteria build-up and gum disease is by practicing good oral hygiene habits that remove the oral bacteria and keep your mouth clean.

How Your Life Can Lead To Halitosis

While bad oral hygiene is a leading cause of the problem, another important factor is your lifestyle. See, some lifestyle factors can affect your breath for the worse, such as:

  • Dry mouth
  • Eating pungent foods such as garlic and onions
  • Snoring
  • Smoking
  • Certain medications
  • Medical conditions

If any of these factor into your lifestyle, talk to an affordable dentist about facing them to reverse or prevent halitosis.

Ways To Avoid or Alleviate Bad Breath

Whether halitosis is caused by poor oral hygiene habits or lifestyle factors, maintaining a regular dental hygiene routine will help you fight or prevent the problem. Follow these simple tips to beat bad breath:

  • Brush teeth at least twice a day.
  • Floss at least once daily.
  • Rinse with an anti-bacterial mouth rinse every day.
  • Get regular check-ups and cleanings from an affordable dentist.
  • Drink plenty of water to wash away oral bacteria and reduce dry mouth.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Curb your intake of foods that cause bad breath.
  • Discuss your medical conditions and medications with a family dentistry expert.
  • See an affordable dentist as soon as possible to treat any current dental concerns.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Capitol Heights, call Dental One Associates at Steeplechase today at (240) 392-3983 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Capitol Heights. With 12 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates at Steeplechase, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates at Steeplechase.

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