Teenagers may experience bad breath, which can be upsetting and interfere with a teen’s social life. In many cases, bad breath, also known as halitosis, is easy to get rid of. However, medical intervention may be required in some cases.
Bad breath in teenagers can be caused by various factors. When teeth are brushed improperly, food remains in the mouth. Consequently, the mouth develops bacteria that cause bad breath. According to the American Dental association, chronic dry mouth and mouth disease are causes of bad breath.
Teenagers with lung infections, diabetes or kidney disease may experience bad breath. Other causes of bad breath include mouth infections, smoking cigarettes, taking certain medications and chewing tobacco.
Maintaining good oral hygiene can help prevent halitosis. Incorrect brushing techniques and poor oral hygiene cause the accumulation of plaque, which may lead to gum disease. Teenagers should brush twice a day for at least two minutes per session. Proper flossing and brushing techniques remove food remains and prevent buildup of bacteria in the mouth.
In addition, it’s important to replace your toothbrush after every three months. The American Dental Association recommends biannual visits to the dentist as part of your oral hygiene routine.
Other Preventative Measures
Avoid foods that trigger bad breath like onions, garlic and sugary snacks. Stay away from any other foods that cause you to develop bad breath. Mints and mouthwash may not cure bad breath, but they mask it and come in handy in between regularly brushing your teeth. Consider using antiseptic mouthwash because not only does it mask bad breath; it also kills germs in your mouth and between your teeth.
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