Bad breath can be a consequence of dry mouth (xerostomia) a person may have dry mouth as a side effect of certain medications, stress or excessive mouth breathing; instead of nasal breathing.
Is it possible to prevent halitosis with dental floss?
Flossing or any other interdental cleaning tool can greatly help eliminate the bacteria that cause halitosis. Flossing removes bacteria that accumulate below the gum line and between the teeth, areas that the brush can not reach. If not removed, these bacteria can cause bad breath and bad taste in the mouth, regardless of their ability to cause tooth decay and periodontal disease.
How to floss?
When we use dental floss, it is important to make sure that we pass it between all the teeth: both in the anterior and posterior teeth. The germs that cause halitosis can lodge in any tooth of the smile, so it is important to make sure to floss through all the teeth.
“At least we should floss once a day to remove all these food particles and plaque that have been stuck between the teeth, although it is advisable to perform this habit a couple of times a day.”
What should you do if the floss does not work?
Halitosis affects a high percentage of people, but as we see in most cases it is treatable and preventable. Flossing daily can help eliminate the bacteria that cause halitosis, while reducing the chances of developing tooth decay and periodontal disease.
Many people who suffer halitosis notice a significant improvement in their breath after a few days of flossing. If oral hygiene is significantly improved but the symptoms of halitosis do not decrease, it is advisable to seek professional medical help to treat the problem. Although in most cases poor oral hygiene is the cause of halitosis, it can also be caused by some diseases that require health care.