Many individuals avoid talking about bad breath, or perhaps more accurately, many avoid talking to someone who has bad breath. In providing quality family dentistry in Maryville, Dr. Lindahl and his team realize that bad breath can affect family members of all ages.
Bad breath can be a sign of a medical disorder such as a respiratory infection, diabetes or liver or kidney ailments. It can also be caused by what an individual takes into their body, such as prescription drugs, cigarette smoke, alcohol, or certain foods such an onions and garlic.
Another common culprit is a lack of good oral hygiene. Improper brushing habits leave food debris between the teeth and on the tongue, and can lead to an unwanted odor emanating from the mouth. This can also lead to serious oral health issues including periodontal disease.
Maintaining good oral health is an essential part of reducing bad breath. Brush twice a day, and clean between the teeth daily with floss or another interdental cleaner. Brushing the tongue will aid in removing food particles and bacteria that are lodging there as well. Chewing sugar free gum can help by stimulating saliva flow and thus providing protection for the teeth. Scheduling bi-annual check-ups and professional cleanings is also an important factor in promoting good oral health.
Do you or one of your family members suffer from chronic bad breath or other dental concerns? We invite you to contact Dr. Lindahl and his team today to help identify the cause, and to take the steps to eliminate the problem. In providing high quality family dentistry for Maryville households, parents and children alike can smile and breathe a sigh of relief without worrying about their teeth or the smell of their breath.