Bad breath can cause an array of problems socially, and be a sign of a medical problem that you may not even be aware of. Halitosis – the medical name for bad breath can be prevented if you know what the reason behind it is. Learn how to prevent bad breath before it starts.

Those plagued with bad breath, often are not aware of the problem. Poor dental maintenance or diet can be the result of halitosis. Unless you get a grip on the cause for your bad breath, your social and medical condition may worsen into something much more serious. Dr. John Patterson is all too familiar with the problems that cause bad breath, and he can help you get a grip on the problem. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

  1. Brushing and flossing your teeth will help remove food particles that become trapped between teeth and gums. When this happens, food can literally begin to rot in your mouth and start emitting a foul odor. Flossing is necessary if you want to maintain proper oral care and avoid gum disease, another culprit to halitosis.
  2. Eat foods that do not have offensive odors. There will always be times when you eat something that has a strong odor (onions, garlic etc.). Remember that brushing and flossing, and mouthwash only mask the issue and often do not work effectively in eliminating such odors. The only way for this kind of bad breath to be eliminated is to wait until the food has passed entirely through your bloodstream.
  3. Regular dental checkups and cleanings are a huge prevention factor when it comes to halitosis. Plaque buildup can cause a serious bad breath problem, so do not avoid seeing the dentist regularly.

If you are not sure why you are experiencing bad breath, make an appointment with Patterson Dental of Chandler, Arizona. Dr. Patterson can help you learn how to prevent bad breath before it starts. Give us a call today and let us help you find solutions for a fresher breath and healthy smile! Phone (480) 280-6170.