Have Yourself A Halitosis-Less Holiday
This holiday season don’t scare away people under the mistletoe with a bad case of bad breath.
Learn the truth behind halitosis today, and better prepare yourself for a sweet smelling, orally healthy tomorrow.
The Basics of Bad Breath
After food has been broken down in your mouth and swallowed, eventually the particles are digested and absorbed into your bloodstream. Once done, the particles will inevitably make their way into your lungs where their odor mixes with the air that you put out each time you breathe. The odor will then stick with you until those foods have been completely passed from your body.
Less Brush Equals Worse Breath
Bad breath (medically referred to as halitosis) can often be the result of an inadequate oral hygiene routine. When you do not brush and floss your teeth thoroughly on a regular basis, food particles can remain trapped in and around your teeth and gums. These particles promote the growth of bacteria in your mouth, causing bad breath.
Dental/Oral Health Problems Resulting from Halitosis
There are many oral health issues tied to the presence of bad breath. However, one of the greatest is gum disease.
If you struggle with consistent halitosis that is not taken care of it could be a sign of developing gum disease (i.e. periodontal disease). Gum disease occurs as a result of bacteria build-up around your teeth. When you neglect to properly brush and floss your teeth, bacteria have a chance to grow, which creates toxins in your mouth that irritate the gums.
Safeguarding Your Smile
At Coastal Carolina Orthodontics, (office locations in Jacksonville, Morehead City, and Havelock), we work hard to help you achieve a beautiful smile. However, completing orthodontic treatment like braces or Invisalign is not enough to guarantee a lifetime of great smiles. You must also keep your teeth and mouth healthy.
If you are realizing that your halitosis is sticking around too long, that is a sign that your dental hygiene habits leave something to be desired. So even if braces make it a bit more difficult, make sure to incorporate a regular and thorough oral hygiene routine into your daily life. That way when your orthodontist does remove your braces, your teeth will be both straight and in good health.
This holiday season and New Year, make a commitment to a higher standard of oral health and a halitosis-free 2017. Contact Coastal Carolina Orthodontics for more information on how to maximize your oral hygiene routine, or book an appointment with one of our orthodontistsat our Jacksonville, Morehead City, or Havelock office today.