How To Fix Bad Breath
Struggling with bad breath even after you brush your teeth? This is actually a more common problem than you think.
The best way to fix your bad breath (halitosis) is to figure out what is the root cause of this condition. Because spoiler alert - it’s not always just improper oral hygiene!
Common Causes for Bad Breath
The mouth is full of bacteria. You need to be brushing and flossing your teeth daily to remove this bacteria and lower your risk of developing cavities and gum disease. But did you know this bacteria can also cause foul smells? This occurs when the bacteria start to accumulate in the mouth and release sulfur.
This is usually why most people deal with morning breath. During sleep, saliva production is diminished and the bacteria multiply, which creates the perfect environment for bad breath. Most people can easily get rid of this smell after their morning tooth brushing.
But if the smell persists, it could be caused by:
- Oral health issues such as a tooth infection or gum disease
- Limited saliva production
- Certain medications such as antihistamines
- Health conditions like acid reflux
How Do I Get Rid of Bad Breath?
- Improve Your Oral Health
First, start by removing the odor-causing bacteria from the mouth. Brush your teeth at least 2 times a day, and floss every day before bed.
Also, make sure to clean the tongue and cheek since bacteria can accumulate in these areas.
- Get a Professional Cleaning
Even with great oral care at home, it’s virtually impossible to remove all the bacteria and food particles from all areas of the mouth. But at the dentist’s office, you can access professional tools and products that provide a much more thorough cleaning.
Not only may this help remove foul smells, but it can also decrease your risk of developing cavities and gum disease!
- Stay on Top of Your Oral Health
Gum disease, cavities, and tooth infections are all dental conditions that can cause foul smells. If your bad breath doesn’t go away with regular brushing, it may be time to see the dentist for an appointment and get your oral health in check.
The dentist can also provide you with more personalized tips on how to refresh your breath, and take better care of your smile.
- Improve Your Lifestyle
Diet and certain habits can affect your breath. Try to eat plenty of fresh fruits and veggies to promote saliva production, which helps flush out unwanted bacteria. Quit smoking to protect your health, and remove foul odors.
Stop by Colonial Drive Family Dentistry for More Help
If you just can’t seem to get rid of bad breath, Dr. Dorsey can see you for a consultation and help you find out what’s causing it.
To get started, book an appointment at Colonial Drive Family Dentistry online!