Keep Bad Breath in Check!

‘Tis the season to be social and having bad breath can put a cramp in your style.

With all the holiday shopping and traveling most people may not find the time to cook a healthy meal so they fill up with fast food or eat and drink at their favorite bistro.  Remember that lots of restaurant food is loaded with all sorts of flavorings and spices that can stay on your breath, especially alcoholic beverages  If it’s in your system, you can be sure it’s in your breath.

Your most important social behavior is to have good breath.  So, how do you keep your breath in check?

Common Causes of Bad Breath

One of the most common causes of bad breath is dry mouth.  If you are taking medications that cause dry mouth, you face the daily problem of keeping your breath fresh.  Remember to drink lots of water to keep your mouth moistened and floss after every meal to remove any food particles that may further cause bad breath.

Bacteria is another common cause of bad breath.  If you don’t keep a healthy oral care ritual, bacteria will grow in your mouth by attaching to the base of your teeth and eventually infect your gums.  If you see your gums are sensitive or bleeding, you’ve allowed bacteria to grow out of control in your mouth.  Call your dentists immediately and have a good hygienist cleaning and stay under the care of your dentist until the bacteria is reduced to a normal level.

Bad habits such as smoking or chewing tobacco can stay on your breath in addition to breaking down the health of your gums.  If you chew tobacco, you can be sure to have serious bad breath as well as the danger of oral cancer.  If you can’t give up the habit, make sure to care for your teeth with several daily brushings and flossing after meals.  With all of the great products out on the market, your best bet for overall good health is to quit these types of bad-for-your-health habits.

Foods with pungent odors will cause lingering bad breath.  Fish, onions and garlic will last on your breath for hours.  Sometimes these odors even permeate through the pores of your skin.  Try to stay away from these foods before social events and keep lots of water handy to rinse your mouth regularly.

A diet low in carbs can produce bad breath due to ketosis, a fat burning state in the body that can cause really bad breath.  If you’re on one of these diets, maybe change it up a bit and try to eat more balanced food groups.  Check out some good nutrition sites so you can save yourself from the dragon breath caused by ketosis.

Keep Bad Breath at Bay

Adopt a healthy oral health regimen.  A healthy oral health regimen includes brushing at least twice daily, flossing after every meal and drinking plenty of water to keep your mouth cleansed and fresh.

In addition to adopting a healthy oral health regimen, it’s a great idea to visit your dentist regularly.  By regularly we mean at least twice annually.  By avoiding the dentist you could have health problems brewing that you don’t even realize.  Your dentist can detect any other health problems you may have through the health of your teeth and gums.  Talk to your dentist about persistent bad breath if you feel it’s a problem you cannot contain.

Bad Breath isn’t Fun for Anyone

Ocean County dentist Dr. Ron Rotem has specialized in treating sufferers of bad breath for nearly 20 years.  Sufferers is the operative word because people with persistent bad breath realize the problem but feel hopeless in finding a solution.  Dr. Rotem has a special treatment for people who have dry mouth due to medications, medical treatments and certain illnesses that cause bad breath or halitosis.

Bad breath can be a deterrent to your entire social or professional life.  Don’t allow bad breath to take over your life.  If you cannot control bad breath with conventional means and good eating habits, it’s time to call Dr. Ron Rotem.

Put your trust in a dentist who knows the seriousness of bad breath and has the solution to curb bad breath and bring you back to the happiness you can enjoy with friends, family and coworkers, especially at holiday time.