Until just recently, the medical field was not recognizing the oral cavity as a part of the human body. When you had your check ups growing up, the doctor would ask you to “open wide” and look at your throat, bypassing the mouth. Now it has become clear that the mouth is a very important part of your body.
Bad breath originates in your gums and tongue. It is caused by waste from bacteria, decayed food particles and poor oral hygiene. It can also occur in people with systemic conditions such as a medical infection, diabetes, kidney failure or a liver malfunction.
How can you tell if you are hitting the mark when it comes to good oral care? Generally your teeth and gums should not be painful, feel rough or sharp to your tongue, or bleed. Your breath should be fresh for at least a couple of hours after brushing. The best measure of how well you are doing is what your hygienist and dentist report to you at your checkups.
There are toothpastes on the market that control tartar buildup, remove stain, desensitize teeth, bleach or whiten and offer cavity protection with fluoride. The above types of toothpastes are not for everyone.