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Previously, we addressed the common causes of bad breath and why flossing is crucial to the health of your mouth. Continuing our discussion, we want to explore what oral health issues may be causing bad breath.

If you suffer from bad breath that does not improve even with a proper dental hygiene routine, it may be a warning sign of a more serious issue. It is important to remember that if you have bad breath it does not mean you have any of these problems below, but you should visit your dentist to address the issue.

Bad breath can be a symptom of both oral health conditions and non-oral health conditions.

The oral health conditions include:
Throat problems, like strep throat
Dental Cavities
Gum disease
A root canal that is infected
Throat or oral cancer
Tonsils that contain trapped food particles

Non-oral health issues associated with bad breath include:
Acid reflux
Lung infections
Lung disease
Liver disease

Your Dental Hygiene Habits are Important

Preventing bad breath starts with a proper oral hygiene routine. Flossing, brushing your teeth, tongue, gums, and roof of your mouth two times per day should be a routine you follow. You can also use mouthwash, though mouthwash only acts as an additional aid, not a substitute for brushing and flossing.

Is bad breath an issue that you struggle with?

If you deal with bad breath, be sure to speak with your dentist. Having bad breath is a common issue and, whether it's due to not flossing or something more serious, you will want to make sure the problem is fixed. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Florian in North Royalton, OH today.

Do you floss your teeth at least once a day?  You should, and here's why:

Not only does flossing help protect your gums from gum disease, flossing also helps remove bacteria that can cause bad breath. If you experience bad breath, flossing may be the best way to combat it.

Bad breath, also called halitosis, is a much more common issue than many people realize. Although it is common, bad breath should not be taken lightly, as it can be a sign of illness or disease.

The Importance of Saliva

When you have less saliva in your mouth, plaque buildup is more likely to occur. When plaque buildup occurs, this can lead to bad breath. Flossing can help remove the plaque that your toothbrush misses.

Certain activities can reduce saliva flow and cause bad breath. These activities include:

Alcohol Consumption - Alcoholic drinks can easily cause dry mouth. If you do have any alcohol, be sure to floss before you go to bed.

Not Flossing in the Morning - As you sleep, the flow of saliva in your mouth slows down. When you wake up, be sure to include flossing during your morning routine.

Being Hungry or Thirsty - Make sure that you stay hydrated through the day to help protect your mouth from bacteria and bad breath. You should also be sure to have a proper diet; the act of chewing helps increase the saliva in your mouth.

Do you experience bad breath?

If you suffer from bad breath be sure to address it with your dentist as soon as possible. If you live in the North Royalton, OH area and would like to discuss your bad breath, schedule an appointment with Dr. Florian.

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