Dealing With Bad Breath

Bad breath is an issue that everyone deals with every so often. However, for many Americans, bad breath is something that plagues them day in and day out. If you are aware of your bad breath, or if it has unfortunately been brought to your attention, there are often simple lifestyle changes that can produce great results.

Practice good oral hygiene. While it is pretty much stating the obvious, it is worth mentioning. How well you take care of your teeth and mouth will affect how your breath smells. By practicing good oral hygiene habits – brushing the teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily – you are helping to clean your mouth. Plaque is the number one cause of cavities, tooth decay, infection, and gum disease – all of which contribute to bad breath. By making your oral health a priority, you are preventing bad breath before it starts.

Stay hydrated. Saliva is a necessary component of your mouth because it helps to keep the teeth clean between brushing and flossing. Saliva helps to wash away loose plaque so that it does not adhere to your tooth enamel and gum line. Plaque is laden with acid-producing bacteria that cause cavities and decay. The more water you drink, the less plaque will build up inside your mouth; therefore, the more hydrated you are, the less odorous your breath will smell.

Avoid stinky foods and beverages. Certain foods are simply notorious for leaving your breath stinky. Coffee, wine, alcohol, onions, garlic, and cheese are some of the most infamous odorous foods and beverages. While avoiding these all together is the best option, it is not always the desired option. Cutting back on them can help improve your breath, and when you do indulge be prepared. Carry a toothbrush, tooth paste, and mouthwash with you so that when you eat and drink a stinky food or beverage you can quickly help to alleviate the lingering smell.

Visit your dentist regularly. Even those who take excellent care of their teeth at home need to visit the dentist regularly. Your dentist and staff are the only ones who can professionally clean your teeth and thoroughly examine them. If bad breath is an issue for you, your dentist is the best person to turn to. Your dentist can do a deep cleaning of your entire mouth to ensure that plaque buildup is not the cause of your bad breath. If the above mentioned lifestyle changes have been tried yet unsuccessful, your dentist is the best source to determine exactly what is going on.

Stay hydrated. Saliva is a necessary component of your mouth because it helps to keep the teeth clean between brushing and flossing. Saliva helps to wash away loose plaque so that it does not adhere to your tooth enamel and gum line. Plaque is laden with acid-producing bacteria that cause cavities and decay. The more water you drink, the less plaque will build up inside your mouth; therefore, the more hydrated you are, the less odorous your breath will smell.

Clean oral appliances. Oral appliances such as dentures, retainers, and aligners are all affected by dental plaque. Any oral appliance that you use is a storehouse for plaque buildup, and they should be cleaned before putting them into your mouth.

Quit tobacco. The negative effects of tobacco use are well known, and it should be a priority in your life to quit tobacco for your sake and the sake of your family. Not only is tobacco a dangerous substance to the body, but it also greatly contributes to bad breath. Along with its own strong odor, the damage that tobacco causes to your mouth and throat only exacerbates bad breath.

Posted on Behalf of South Texas Dental 

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