SEPTEMBER 27, 2016
Bad breath can have a significant impact both socially and personally from those who suffer from it. In fact, an estimated 65% of Americans have bad breath. Bad breath can be caused by food trapped in the mouth, poor dental hygiene, dry mouth, mouth infections or possible health problems.
So how can you combat bad breath?
1) Brush and floss daily. Bacteria left behind by food trapped in the teeth can cause a foul odor. Brushing and flossing daily can help remove this bacteria.
2) Mouthwash. A mouth rinse, when designed to kill germs, can be a step in helping remove bacteria.
3) Use a tongue scraper. A tongue scraper can help remove residue that has built up between the taste buds on the tongue.
4) Know what foods to avoid. Garlic and onions are big offenders. That’s because the sulfur compounds in garlic and onions linger in your mouth and are absorbed into the bloodstream and expelled when you exhale. It’s best to avoid these before social situations.
5) Avoid tobacco products. Tobacco tends to dry out your mouth and can leave an unpleasant smell that lingers even after brushing your teeth. Smoking can also damage your gums, stain your teeth and cause cancer.
6) Increase your water consumption. This can help avoid dry mouth and also wash away food particles and bacteria, the primary cause of bad breath. If you suffer from a chronic dry mouth, let us know. We can help discuss options to combat this disorder.
7) Keep your gums healthy. When bacteria is left it can gather in pockets at the base of teeth, which creates an odor.
8) Visit your dentist! The best way to make sure that you are maintaining good oral hygiene is to visit your dentist regularly.
If you are suffering from bad breath, let us know. We can help diagnose the situation and let you know if your bad breath might be a side effect from a medical condition.