Bad Breath

Bad Breath? Here’s How to Get Rid of It

Bad breath–or halitosis–can be tough, especially when it isn’t cured by usual remedies like special toothpaste or antibacterial mouthwash. In cases like it, it is critical that you seek professional help as it can be a sign of another underlying health problem.

Avoiding Bad Breath

All of us have at one point suffered from bad breath, whether it was due to certain medications or simply eating the wrong food. If bad breath is severe or persistent it can not only affect your personal and professional life, but also cause a loss of self-confidence.

There are certain tips or ways that you can avoid /eliminate the causes of bad breath such as:

Drink Plenty of Water

One of the most common causes of bad breath is dry mouth where the mouth doesn’t produce enough saliva to wash away food debris leading to halitosis. Drink plenty of clean, additive free water to keep your mouth properly hydrated.

Watch Your Food Intake

Certain foods such as garlic and onions can cause odors that are difficult to get rid of even after brushing and flossing. Watch your intake of these foods and try to avoid them as much as you can.

Strict Oral Hygiene Routine

One of the leading causes of bad breath is dental plaque. Get rid of plaque by following a proper regiment of brushing, flossing and regular dental cleanings. Do not forget to clean your tongue as well using a tongue scraper or simply using your toothbrush.

Use Anti-Bacterial Mouthwash

Anti-bacterial mouthwash can help eliminate odor causing germs and the resulting bad breath. You can also try rinsing with plain water after eating that rinses away any leftover food particles if you do not have anti-bacterial mouthwash.

Chew Sugar Free Gum

While breath mints help, chewing sugar free gum is more effective as it triggers saliva production which washes away food particles and bacteria that cause bad breath.

Get Checked for Gum Disease

Bad breath can also be caused due to the accumulation of periodontal disease bacteria in your mouth and the pockets of your teeth. Periodontists can help diagnose the periodontal disease and also help you manage the disease.

Quit Smoking

Cigarettes not only cause health problems such as cancer, heart disease and respiratory problems, they are also a major cause of teeth staining and bad breath.

If you would like to learn more about halitosis and ways to manage it, you can visit our website at www.softtouchdentists.com.

Want to contact us directly? Call us at 202-333-3883 or email us at info@softtouchdentists.com.