How many people suffer from chronic halitosis (bad breath) in the US?
The answer to this question is: Somewhere between 35% and 45% of the total population, or 80 million people.
Halitosis, better known as bad breath, is triggered by anaerobic bacteria that excretes sulfur compounds. In layman’s terms, bad breath is typically caused by bacteria and food particles that are not removed from your mouth during routine brushing, flossing, and use of mouthwash.
The best way to prevent bad breath is to practice GREAT oral hygiene habits and keep your dental visits routine. At your routine visits, plaque, tartar, and bacteria that cannot be removed by brushing and flossing will be removed.
To avoid bad breath, try the following:
- Brushing twice per day with proper form (don’t forget your tongue, cheeks, and roof of your mouth)
- Consider using a tongue scraper
- Floss every day
- Use mouth wash
- If you are a tobacco user, stop using
- Stay hydrated, dry mouth can cause bad breath
- Improve your diet (eat more carrots, celery, and apples)
- Chew sugarless chewing gum
Schedule an Appointment
Do you need to schedule a dental appointment? Remember, they are imperative in eliminating bad breath.
Dr. Van Treese in Sidney, OH, serving patients from all around Shelby County, is always welcoming new patients. So, if you are new to the office, or an existing patient, schedule your appointment today!