Many adults suffer from halitosis which is a chronic form of bad breath. It is a common problem that causes a lot of embarrassment as well as possible health risks. The good news is that halitosis is treatable with simple lifestyle changes and good dental hygiene practices. The following will discuss why flossing is important in helping to prevent halitosis.
The Causes of Halitosis
There are many reasons why halitosis can occur. While factors such as certain food, smoking, and more can contribute to halitosis, the most common cause is a buildup of bacteria in the mouth. When this bacteria comes in contact with the air, a foul smell develops which results in halitosis.
How Flossing Can Help Treat Halitosis
There are various products which you can use for treating halitosis. Some of which include special mouthwashes and toothbrushes. However, one of the most effective treatments for halitosis is flossing. Dental floss removes a lot of the bad bacteria under the gum line that causes halitosis. This bacteria is nearly impossible to reach with only a toothbrush or mouthwash. Food can become trapped between the teeth and in the gum line. Without flossing, the bacteria that develops causes halitosis and eventually leads to gum disease and tooth decay.
It is important to floss well between your teeth and along the gum line. Bad bacteria can develop all along the gum line so flossing in the front and back of the mouth is essential. It is ideal to floss at least once a day. However, flossing twice a day can help ensure you remove as many bacteria and food particles as possible from the gum line and in between your teeth.
If you are not fond of using dental floss, there are other flossing products that you can choose from such as dental floss picks, water picks, or air floss. They all accomplish similar results and can dramatically improve your overall oral hygiene.
Many people who suffer from halitosis find that improving their oral hygiene with daily flossing and brushing resolves their halitosis symptoms. If you find that your halitosis symptoms do no subside even after improving your oral hygiene, it is a good idea to consult with a dentist to help discover what other possible causes of halitosis you could have.
Halitosis is treatable and preventable by improving your oral hygiene with regular flossing and brushing. If you have more questions about halitosis and how to treat it, contact us today to schedule a consultation. We provide our clients with prompt, professional and courteous service.