Help! I have Bad Breath
The thing with bad breath or halitosis is that more often than not, the person is not aware of it yet easily noticed by others. Imagine meeting a person up close for the first time and smelling his or her awful breath – it’s surely a first impression wrecker!
There are times when your breath would smell unpleasant and that is not unusual especially after eating food with too much garlic. These instances are short-lived. But if you think you have the persistent kind, consider the possible reasons. Do you smoke? Are you on prescription medications? What about your oral hygiene? Are you suffering from some kind of medical condition like diabetes, acid reflux disease or liver disease? All these could cause bad breath.
Brushing and flossing alone are often not enough to get rid of bad breath. If you think you have it, here are some ways to get rid of it:
- Always keep your tongue clean, not only your teeth. Bacteria can accumulate in the tongue if you don’t regularly clean it and this often leads to bad breath. Use a tongue scraper regularly.
- Remember to regularly floss and floss the right way using the right floss then brush your teeth and rinse with anti-bacterial mouth wash.
- Smoking and drinking alcohol can be bad for your health and yes, your breath too! They can cause several gum diseases that make the breath smell foul. Kick the habit and instead chew sugar-free gum to keep bacteria at bay especially after a meal or snack and during idle, alone moments where your mouth is shut for a long time. You might also want to limit coffee and foods that are garlicky and spicy
Can your dentist help?
Of course! Your dentist is not only there for tooth extraction, dentures or braces. Talking to your dentist if you think you suffer from bad breath is your only way of knowing if the cause is any of the following:
- Underlying oral health problems such as gingivitis, periodontal disease, cavities and mouth infection could all be a culprit. Let your dentist examine you so a proper treatment may be developed for you.
- Wrong dental hygiene could be a reason perhaps because of dentures or braces. Your dentist may have to regularly do a professional cleaning to ensure there is no bacteria buildup in your mouth caused by dental fixtures. A certain toothpaste or mouth rinse may also be recommended for the purpose.
- Old dental work or oral appliances that need replacement, cleaning or adjustment could solve some breath issues. An ill-fitting denture for instance, could cause mouth sores and infection resulting to foul odor.
- Your dentist may also recommend that you have your breath tested using breath meters. At any rate, once your dentist finds out the root cause, proper treatments and recommendations may be given to effectively stop the problem. Should you have no oral health issues at all, your dentist may recommend a total physical examination with your doctor.
Why suffer some embarrassing moments because of bad breath when there is something you can do about it. See your Palm Beach Gardens dentist now for immediate help.