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Are you aware of the risk factors that produce halitosis as well as the treatment methods that you can use to help limit bad breath or even prevent it entirely? For starters, it is important to determine the exact cause of your halitosis so effective treatments can be given. If your halitosis, also known as bad breath, is due to poor dental health, it can often arise as an oral health condition or from bacteria that produce foul odors.

If bacteria in your mouth is the cause of your bad breath, you will need to use a therapeutic mouthwash to help kill it. In addition, implement effective oral hygiene routines such as brushing twice daily and flossing between your teeth every day as well. However, not only should you be brushing your teeth, but you will need to take care of your tongue as well. If there are ever signs of a white or brown coating on your tongue, it means that bad breath bacteria may be present. Either use a brush or tongue scraper to clean your tongue.

Saliva is essential for your oral health as it is not only used to help keep your mouth clean and free of debris, but it can help limit the risks associated with bad breath. To produce additional saliva, try chewing sugarless gum after meals or eat crunchy foods that are high in water.

If you are involved in any unhealthy habits such as smoking or chewing tobacco, you could be at an increased risk for bad breath. Furthermore, if you are wearing dentures, always make sure to clean them every day to limit the risks of contamination and bad breath.

For more information concerning bad breath or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ryan Wilson and the rest of our team, please contact us at our dentist office in Farmington, New Mexico, by calling (505) 278.7007. Canyon Dental Care can’t wait to help correct your smile, so it can shine brightly for many years to come!