Bad breath is a condition that affects many people – some of whom are unaware of the issue and others who are very embarrassed by it. Of course, most causes of bad breath start in the mouth, so that is the best place to start when looking for a way to successfully handle bad breath. It should encourage you to know that most issues of bad breath can be improved through the consistent use of good oral health care and the avoidance of a few things.
Good oral hygiene
There is no shortage of the advantages that can be achieved through good oral hygiene. It is extremely important that everyone brush his or her teeth at least twice a day. Brushing the teeth removes the sticky film of plaque that forms on the teeth after eating or drinking beverages other than water. Many bad breath odors can be eliminated almost immediately after a meal when you brush your teeth after you finish eating. It is also incredibly important to understand how important flossing is to your oral health. Toothbrush bristles cannot fit into the spaces between your teeth, thus leaving plaque to collect. Plaque that is allowed to remain on the teeth can cause extreme tooth damage, and in the process it can leave you with foul smelling breath. And while we’re at it, do not forget to brush your tongue. Plaque and tiny bits of food collect on the tongue, and they can also contribute to bad breath.
Clean oral appliances
If you wear any type of oral appliance (e.g. retainer, dentures, partial dentures), it also requires proper oral care to maintain its cleanliness. All oral appliances should be cleaned at night, and they should also be cleaned each time before you put it back in your mouth. Oral appliances are notorious for harboring foul smelling particles, and extra care is needed for handling bad breath if you wear one.
Avoid odorous foods and beverages
It should not be surprising to read that garlic, onions, coffee, and alcoholic beverages cause bad breath. They all leave a residue behind that sticks to the plaque inside the mouth, so every time you exhale you are spewing out these odors into the air. Avoiding these foods and beverages is not always feasible, so keeping a toothbrush with you and/or a bottle of mouthwash can come in handy for handling bad breath.
Stop tobacco use
Smoking and chewing tobacco is not only harmful to your oral health and overall health, it also wrecks havoc on your breath. Tobacco has its own unpleasant scent, and using tobacco products exacerbates the smell.
Dry mouth causes bad breath because it dries out the plaque inside the mouth and gives it a decaying smell.
Visit your dentist regularly
Keeping regular dental appointments for cleanings and checkups is very important. If you suffer from bad breath, it could be a side effect of certain medications or a general health concern. Call Dr. Mitul Patel at Hello Family Dental to set up an appointment.