Beat Bad Breath
Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a common problem with a variety of causes. As your family dentist, we want to share some tips on how to fight it and maintain fresh breath all day long. Let’s discuss the most common causes and what you can do to keep them in check.
Poor Oral Hygiene
Plaque and decaying food particles are the most common sources of bad breath. It’s essential to:
- Brush twice a day
- Floss daily
- Scrape your tongue
- Use an antiseptic mouthwash to kill bacteria
Certain (delicious) foods, such as garlic and onions, can cause bad breath due to their strong odors. If you indulge in ingredients that are known for their lingering effects, you can continue to enjoy them by being prepared for after your next meal. If you can’t brush your teeth, keep sugar-free gum or mints in your pocket to freshen up. And if the odors originate from the digestive process, keeping common stomach remedies on hand might be similarly useful.
Dry mouth, caused by dehydration as well as certain foods, drinks, and medications, can also lead to bad breath. Drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated can help keep your mouth moist and prevent dry mouth. Sugar-free mints and gum can also help increase saliva production to keep your mouth wet. We emphasize sugar-free because sugar can feed the bacteria that’s one of the causes of bad breath.
Smoking and using tobacco products can also cause bad breath, among other issues. Quitting smoking and avoiding tobacco products can not only improve your breath but also have significant health benefits.
It’s important to visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. Your dentist can help detect and treat any underlying oral health issues that may be causing bad breath. In summary, maintaining good oral hygiene, watching your diet, staying hydrated, avoiding smoking and tobacco products, and visiting your dentist regularly are all effective ways to fight halitosis and maintain fresh breath. If you are experiencing persistent bad breath, it’s always a good idea to schedule an appointment with us to rule out any underlying oral health issues.