Halitosis, or bad breath, can be an indication that you need to clean your teeth more often. It can also be an early warning sign of tooth or gum disease, or intestinal disorders. In most cases, it is caused by poor oral hygiene. The odor is a result of the decay of food particles. Some ways to lower your risk of developing halitosis include:
- Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day
- Clean your tongue with your toothbrush or a tongue scraper
- If you have dentures, a retainer or mouthguard, clean them thoroughly before placing them in your mouth
- Chew sugarless gum to control any odor
- If you think that you suffer from chronic halitosis, Dr. Geare can help you determine its source.