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Is it possible to prevent bad breath?

Bad breath (or halitosis) is a condition that most people will experience at some point in their life. However, many don’t realise that in many instances, bad breath is related to bad oral hygiene habits or other oral health problems. Luckily, a dentist in Richmond can help.

At Sheen Dental, we are often asked whether bad breath is curable and/or preventable. Depending on the cause of your bad breath, it is both curable and preventable and your dentist in Richmond will do their best to diagnose and help you treat your specific problem.

Are some people more susceptible to halitosis than others?

In general, everyone is susceptible to bad breath under specific circumstances. The most common type of halitosis is related to bad oral hygiene and can affect everyone as soon as they start neglecting their oral health. However, halitosis has other causes too. It can be caused by smelly foods like onion and garlic, it is often the result of certain medical conditions (i.e. diabetes, gastrointestinal problems), or can be induced by certain medications. In any case, your dentist in Richmond will examine your teeth carefully and take into account every aspect of your oral and general health before reaching a conclusion about your bad breath.

Stopping bad breath

If your bad breath is a result of bad oral hygiene, then your dentist in Richmond will recommend brushing and flossing regularly along with regular cleanings in the dentist’s chair. Bad oral hygiene does not only cause bad breath; it can also lead to a whole host of oral problems including gum disease and cavities. If your bad breath is related to smoking or alcohol consumption, you can ask your dentist for advice on ways to eliminate these habits. If your bad breath is related to another health problem, then you should control this problem with the help of your doctor. Last but not least, bad breath which is caused by medications can also be treated by substituting these medications under the guidance of your dentist or doctor. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water and keep your mouth moist at all times.

Want to learn more about bad breath and how to get rid of it? Contact us today.


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