Halitosis, or bad breath, is something that everyone deals with, especially upon awakening in the morning. After the mouth is closed for several hours during sleep, bad breath develops as a result of germs. However, that is not the only culprit. The answer is simple--it most certainly does. Plaque is bacteria that adheres to tooth surfaces making teeth feel rough when the tongue is swept across them. Even if it is not felt, the bacteria biofilms, or plaque, is there, eating away at tooth surfaces. Proper oral hygiene will remove plaque and provide clean teeth and fresh breath. Of course, certain foods and drinks consumed will also cause bad breath, as well.
However, a toothbrush, no matter how well you brush, has its limitations. It cannot get between teeth or just beneath the gum line, so teeth and gums are still subjected to plaque if you do not floss or rinse. Flossing removes plaque that is trapped between teeth and under the gums. It also promotes stronger and healthier gums, which will increase the chances of keeping your teeth for a lifetime. Flossing your teeth is a commitment, but it only takes a few minutes out of your day to give you long-lasting results. Taking good care of your teeth and gums will avoid costly dental procedures and a lot of pain that is certain to come with replacing your natural set of teeth.
Regular dental visits are also a must throughout your life. A professional cleaning ensures plaque and tartar buildup is controlled, in addition to spotting problems early on. For example, when wisdom teeth grow in, they do not always grow in properly. In fact, sometimes there is not enough room in the mouth to accommodate them, either. Wisdom teeth crowding is not uncommon, and if you do not see your dentist frequently, it can happen to you. When wisdom teeth crowding occurs, the permanent teeth in your mouth may be pushed out of place, resulting in crooked teeth. In some people, they grow in sideways or diagonally, causing this shift, which is not obvious to the person, but a dentist will spot the problem, and find the best solution.
More often than not, the solution is to extract one or all of the wisdom teeth. If they are not fully grown, surgically removing them is the only option. It would cost more than a regular extraction, but it would be necessary to save your smile. After having them extracted, a small hole in the gums is inevitable, but it will close up over time. In the meantime, it would require picking out any food particles that get lodged inside, which will cause a foul odor. Your dentist will advise you as to how this is done properly. He will also advise you as to whether you can use mouth washes or saltwater rinses.
The important thing is for everyone to be responsible in caring for their teeth. That involves brushing, flossing, rinsing, and seeing the dentist frequently. Professional cleaning will remove tartar buildup, for even fresher breath. Does plaque cause bad breath, too? This is something that regular visits to a dentist will reveal.