When you suffer from halitosis, this could be a major source of embarrassment and even cause problems with your social life! In addition, many issues that cause bad breath could also lead to an increased risk of issues like tooth decay and gum disease. In today’s blog, your Livonia, MI, dentist looks at how we help you enjoy healthier smiles and fresher breath!
The Causes of Bad Breath
Often, bad breath is the result of volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs), which are found in low concentrations in a number of foods, such as onions or garlic. Over time, they can lead to a foul smell. Another common factor is plaque buildup. When we consume foods and drinks, the particles left behind on and between the teeth are broken down by bacteria, in the process creating an odor and coating the teeth in a layer of plaque buildup. Not only does this cause a poor smell, but this process also weakens outer tooth enamel and inflames gum tissues, leading to a higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Treatment with BreathRx®
BreathRx® products contain a unique ingredient that blends eucalyptus oil, thymol, and zinc, known as ZYTEX™, which helps neutralize any volatile sulfur compounds in your mouth, providing a solution for bad odors.
Removing Plaque Buildup with Cleanings
These products also address the other major cause of halitosis: plaque buildup. Our rinses and sprays also contain cetylpyridinium chloride, an active ingredient that destroys oral bacteria linked to plaque and gum disease. This, combined with good oral hygiene, helps reduce the severity of plaque in between cleaning visits, protecting your smile from bad odors, as well as poor oral health. BreathRx® rinses and sprays are also 100% alcohol free, and we have a few take-home products you can try as well, such as toothpastes, floss, tongue sprays and scrapers, gum, and mints.
Better Homecare Habits
You also help by taking better care of your smile each day. For example, makes time to brush your teeth or two minutes when you wake up and again before going to bed. Each session should take about wo minutes, and make sure of a fluoride toothpaste. You also need to floss in between your teeth every night before bed to reach what a toothbrush alone cannot, and schedule a professional cleaning every six months to remove all plaque and tartar. If you have any questions, then contact our team today.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MAINTAINING FRESH BREATH?
Our treatments help you enjoy fresher breath, as well as a lower risk of tooth decay and gum disease. For more information on fighting bad breath, or to schedule a consultation, call the office of James Stewart, DDS in Livonia, MI, today at (734) 425-4400.