Many people mistakenly believe that all bad breath is linked to poor brushing. The truth is that it has many possible causes. Our team at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak can help you discover the cause and discuss how to cure it.
Your diet has a big effect on your breath. Food begins to be digested the second it enters your mouth, and is absorbed and distributed throughout the body. For that reason, you probably will be able to smell odiferous foods like onions and garlic long after you’ve eaten them.
Using a mouthwash will only mask the smell. Constantly sucking on breath mints is also not a long-term solution. This may bring additional problems, especially if the mints have sugar. If you want real relief, you may need to avoid the strong foods altogether.
Additionally, many dieters find that their diet regimen is making it harder to keep their mouth fresh and clean. For example, low-carb and no-carb diets promote fat burning, but the side effect of bad breath can be caused by the chemicals released during this process. Increasing water intake can help alleviate this.
Lastly, flossing regularly is often the key to truly fresh breath. You may not realize how much food can be stuck between your teeth, causing halitosis if it isn’t removed. More importantly, the food particles may eventually turn into plaque which can cause cavities and gum disease.
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