Contrary to the popular opinion, halitosis, aka bad breath, is not only caused by insufficient flossing and brushing. As a matter of fact, myriad causes have been linked to bad breath. According to Dr. Kellam of Bernardsville Dental, his patients’ diet is among the common causes of halitosis.

The American Dental Association reports that nearly half of the world adult population have at one time suffered from prolonged bad breath. The most common cause is poor oral hygiene, especially tooth decay and disease. For this reason, our Bernardsville dental team always treats halitosis as a serious health symptom of a potentially serious problem. At every examination, Dr. Kellam will inspect your teeth and gum line for signs that dangerous bacteria have taken root and begun to break down your tooth enamel.

Low-Carb Diets

Surprisingly, 9% of halitosis cases are not caused by oral health. Diet and nutrition can also create serious oral health issues. Strict adherence to low carbohydrate diets is a common culprit lately. According to Dr. Kellam, adding more nutritional balance to your low-carb diet will considerably help manage ketosis breath, rather than relying on mints and mouthwashes to mask the ketone odor. It is thus a delicate balancing act to reap the benefits of a low-carb diet and prevent oral health concerns and bad breath. If you’re unsure of the cause of prolonged halitosis, we strongly recommend giving Bernardsville Dental a call and scheduling your next cleaning and examination, rather than letting bad breath affect your confidence and charm.

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