Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be an embarrassing condition. In most cases, bad breath originates in the mouth, but persistent bad breath that persists even after brushing may be a sign of a health problem. Here are some helpful tips that can eliminate bad breath.
Brushing your teeth is the foundation of good oral health. Although brushing removes plaque from about 80 percent of your tooth surfaces, it alone can’t fully prevent your risk of bad breath. Make sure you also brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth to get rid of bacteria there.
Most people know that brushing their teeth is important, but many aren’t as diligent about flossing. This important part of oral hygiene helps remove plaque buildup between teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach. Plaque is a sticky film that eats away at your enamel and causes tooth decay and gum disease. It can be removed by brushing, but special tools are needed to reach those tight spaces between teeth and along the gum line. That’s where floss comes in. You should floss at least once per day. A helpful tip is to floss each night right before you go to bed so that plaque doesn’t sit on your teeth all night. Make sure to use about a 1-inch length of dental floss so that you use a clean section for each tooth. Wrap the ends around your pointer fingers and gently rub the floss up and down between each set of teeth.
When brushing your teeth, don’t forget to brush your tongue! The back of the tongue is where bad breath-causing bacteria hide. It’s tough to reach those spots on your tongue with your toothbrush, so try using a tongue scraper instead.
If you wear removable dentures, make sure to clean them thoroughly at the end of the day. You should also soak them in a denture cleaning solution overnight. Additionally, make sure to clean your false teeth prior to cleaning your gums. If you are unsure how to clean your dentures properly, talk to your dentist about which products are right for your oral health needs.
A dry mouth is a condition that occurs when there is not enough saliva being produced in the mouth. The mouth needs a constant flow of saliva to wash away food particles and keep the mouth of foreign objects that can cause bad breath and tooth decay. However, certain medications can cause xerostomia, or a decreased amount of saliva production, which can contribute to chronic bad breath.
Certain foods can also cause dry mouth. Acidic foods and beverages like lemons and orange juice can irritate the mouth and lead to dry mouth. Alcohol can also dry out the mouth by sucking the moisture out of it. Smoking also has the same result. By avoiding these types of food and drink products, you can help prevent dry mouth and its accompanying bad breath.
Dental experts recommend that patients get a new toothbrush once every three months. The bristles on your toothbrush become worn and ineffective at cleaning teeth after consistent usage. So, it is a good idea to replace your toothbrush every three months.
A dentist can diagnose and treat many cases of bad breath at their office. In fact, your dentist likely suggested some of these tips during your last checkup! During a routine visit, a dentist will clean your teeth and check for tooth decay and other issues that can result in poor oral hygiene. If you are suffering from chronic bad breath, sometimes an adjustment to your routine is needed in order to remedy the problem.
Visit Dental SPA at 205 Towne Center Blvd, Sanford, FL 32771, or call (407) 330-3601 to learn more about the benefits of dental bonding.
205 Towne Center Blvd, Sanford, FL 32771
Monday : 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday : 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday : Closed
Thursday : 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday : 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday : Closed
Sunday : Closed