Halitosis is the technical, and much nicer sounding term for bad breath. It is not however, only used to describe the condition that may result from eating pungent foods and drinks. That kind of bad breath will pass and can be avoided at will. Chronic halitosis is a different story altogether.

Dry mouth is a common condition the symptoms of which often include bad breath. Certain medications, or habitual cigarette or cigar smoking can also be a factor. When your mouth consistently lacks a sufficient flow of saliva it is harder to get rid of the bacteria that causes bad breath. If you do suffer from dry mouth sugarless chewing gum and antibacterial mouthwash are both popular remedies.

Periodontal disease causes the gums to recede from the teeth forming little pockets where bacteria can get trapped. The best way to keep this from happening is to take care of your teeth by brushing and flossing regularly to prevent the buildup of bacteria causing plaque. Regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings are essential to the maintenance of our good oral health.

By doing away with bad habits and keeping to a schedule of routine professional care we can significantly cut down on the risk of halitosis and the self-consciousness that it brings. The Harman Family Dental Center is devoted to the cause of preventive dentistry. Call 720-809-7789 to make your appointment today.