There are many recommendations for fixing bad breath but many people don’t know them. Are you afraid to stand to close to people when you speak for fear that they may smell your breath? Have you tried every dental hygiene product on the market, but still can’t get rid of it? While everyone deals with bad breath once in a while, the cases that don’t go away are usually hiding something more sinister underneath. In such cases, the only way to keep bad breath away for good is to address the issue that’s causing it. With these few tips, you can determine if your bad breath is just a symptom of inadequate hygiene, or if you need to schedule a visit with your dentist to get to the bottom of it.
Could upping your oral hygiene fix your bad breath?
If you think that the problem is due to poor hygiene, there are treatments available. Of course, the most appropriate treatment will depend on your specific circumstances. Your dentist may recommend a number of treatments, which could include:
- Improved home hygiene: Sometimes it really is that simple. If you’ve been neglecting your oral health, some improvements in brushing and flossing can make a world of difference.
- Dental prophylaxis: Morning breath often occurs when you wait too long between regular dental cleanings. A cleaning with your hygienist can eliminate the problem.
- Scaling and root planing: Persistent morning breath that quickly returns after brushing and flossing may be due to gum disease. When bacteria is too far beneath the gum, it cannot be reached with a toothbrush or floss. In these cases, your need a deep cleaning.
- Periodontal therapy: Some cases of gum disease are too severe to be treated with scaling and root planing. If bad breath is due to gum disease, Dr. Fondriest will likely refer you to a trusted periodontist.
- Restorative dentistry: Oftentimes, morning breath is due to tooth decay. It’s important to address this problem as soon as possible, so you don’t compromise the health of your other teeth. Your dentist can gently remove the decay and restore the affected tooth with a filling, crown, or other restoration.
- Fluoride treatments: If you’re prone to decay, fluoride treatments can be successful in the fight against cavities and mouth odors.
Tips for Better Smelling Breath
- Much like keeping your smile bright, making sure your breath is pleasant requires that you maintain a good dental hygiene routine. Brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day, as well as scrubbing your tongue with your toothbrush or a tongue scraper, can help you eliminate the oral bacteria responsible for bad breath.
- If your morning breath seems to follow you into the rest of your day, try eating a well-balance breakfast before brushing and flossing your teeth in the morning. When you sleep, your saliva production is drastically reduced, allowing bacteria to proliferate more than any other time during the day. Eating stimulates your saliva production, helping you rinse away the germs that have gathered over night and leave their odorous impression on your breath.
- If you don’t already, incorporate antibacterial mouthwash into your hygiene routine for additional power against oral bacteria. You can also gargle with hydrogen peroxide, whose oxygen content helps eliminate anaerobic (oxygen-less) bacteria in your mouth.
- Breath mints and sugarless gum are great for temporarily covering your tainted breath, but still refrain from strong foods like garlic and onions. After the mint or gum is gone, the stench of these foods can remain until they’ve passed on their own.
Learn More About Fixing Bad Breath
If you think that your mouth odors are due to medical issues you should seek advice from your doctor. If your bad breath still doesn’t go away, then visit your dentist to determine what’s causing it, and how you can rid yourself of it for good. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Chicago and all surrounding communities.