Bad breath is a common issue that everyone deals with from time to time depending on what they eat, drink, or whether or not they are ill. However, some people find that they are constantly plagued by bad breath that has a negative impact on their social and/or professional life. If you are dealing with bad breath on a regular basis, it is time to speak with your dentist. Your dentist is your greatest advocate against dealing with bad breath as s/he is the expert with all concerns of oral health.
Making your oral health a priority is the first step in dealing with bad breath. Brushing and flossing your teeth on a daily basis are the best ways to prevent bad breath from becoming a problem, as well as dealing with it when it occurs. Your mouth is home to millions of bacteria that react to the foods and beverages that you consume. By cleaning your mouth on a regular basis, you are keeping these damaging bacteria at bay so that they do not harm your gums and teeth and do not contribute to bad breath. Keeping your mouth clean also includes cleaning any type of oral appliance that you use. Dentures, retainers, and aligners are well known for harboring foul smells due to plaque buildup that occurs. By cleaning your oral appliances each time you take them out of your mouth, you are limiting their contribution to your bad breath. Staying hydrated also plays a major role in keeping your breath from becoming unpleasant. Saliva is necessary for washing away bacteria-laden plaque from the teeth and gums. If you are dehydrated, your mouth is not moist enough to wash away plaque, and it will cause bad breath.
Lifestyle and dietary choices also contribute to bad breath. If you use any type of tobacco product, now is the time to give it up. Tobacco has a strong scent of its own, and it is well documented to cause serious, even deadly, health issues. With its own strong smell added onto the damage that it causes to your oral health, tobacco is a huge contributor to bad breath. Dietary choices including coffee, wine, alcohol, garlic, onions, strong cheese, among other things, are all notorious for causing bad breath. With regular consumption of these, your breath will continually smell of these things due to lingering residues that they leave behind. Brushing your teeth, flossing, and using mouthwash more often, especially after indulgence, will help to promote fresher breath.
If you are plagued by bad breath, contact Meadowbrook Family Dental today to schedule an appointment. We are your advocate for optimal oral health.
Posted on behalf of Meadowbrook Family Dental