In just a few days, it will be National Fresh Breath Day. Of course, you may not feel much like celebrating if your breath isn’t fresh. Fortunately, you can do something about it! Let your team at Beaumont Family Dentistry help freshen your breath so you don’t feel self-conscious in social settings.
Some things that can help:
- Get Regular Cleanings and Exams – A buildup of bacteria-filled plaque, a film that covers your teeth, is a primary cause of bad breath. No matter how carefully you brush and floss at home, you’re bound to miss some of it. During a professional cleaning, we use special instruments for a thorough removal. Plus, exams help us identify issues that might be causing bad breath so they can be treated.
- Treat Gum Disease and Other Problems – One of the problems that causes bad breath – and potentially tooth loss, if left untreated – is gum disease. We can eliminate it with a deep cleaning treatment and possibly antibiotics. An infected tooth can also cause bad breath. If you feel any discomfort, call us ASAP.
- Stop Smoking – Smoking dries out your mouth. If your mouth doesn’t have enough saliva, it creates an environment favorable to bacteria. In addition to enjoying fresher breath, you’ll be healthier overall if you can kick your smoking habit.
- Brush and Floss – We expect you’re not surprised to see this on the list! Daily brushing and flossing is essential to eliminating the bacteria that cause bad breath. You may want to conclude your oral hygiene with an antibacterial mouth rinse. You’ll want to switch to a new brush every three months or so to help keep bacteria at bay. And don’t forget to brush your tongue, a spot where bacteria tends to accumulate.
- Keep Dentures and Aligners Clean – If you wear dentures or orthodontic aligners, make sure you keep them clean. If you don’t clean them regularly, they become breeding grounds for bacteria and will contribute to your breath problem.
- Watch Your Diet – You probably know to avoid garlic and onions to keep your breath smelling fresh, but some other substances can be problematic too. Bacteria thrive in an acidic environment, so rinse your mouth with water after consuming citrus fruit or other acidic food or drink. Dairy products, including cheese, contain substances that react with bacteria and create a foul odor. Again, rinsing with water helps avoid this. No matter what you eat or drink, having plenty of water can help counteract odor-causing reactions.
If you have chronic bad breath, we can help! Call Beaumont Family Dentistry today to schedule an appointment or visit us online.