Does embarassment have you looking for a bad breath cure?
Chronic bad breath, also known as halitosis, can have an embarrassing effect on your social and professional life. Chewing minty gum or rinsing with mouthwash can be a bad breath cure after eating onions or garlic, but ongoing problems could indicate a more serious problem.
If you are continually looking for ways to eliminate bad breath, we encourage you to visit with one of our Denver dentists at Metropolitan Dental Care about the treatments we provide.
What causes bad breath?
The cause of bad breath can differ for each patient, but it can often be attributed to:
- Trapped food in between teeth
- Plaque buildup below your gum line
- Poor oral hygiene
- Certain medical conditions, such as dry mouth, chronic sinus infections, diabetes, acid reflux, or vomiting
- Periodontal (gum) disease
- Medications that cause dry mouth
- Oral thrush (yeast infection)
- Certain foods (garlic and onions are notorious)
Chronic bad breath could also indicate a sign of something more serious. If you try the bad breath cures below and have poor results, we encourage you to follow up with your dentist.
Simple Bad Breath Cures
Often, bad breath can be eliminated or even prevented by following some simple steps.
If you (or your loved ones) suffer from the effects of bad breath, try these options first:
Maintain good oral hygiene
The most obvious cure for bad breath is brushing your teeth at least twice a day, especially after meals. Keeping a toothbrush and toothpaste at work or school for after lunch allows you to eliminate odors caused by food.
Keep your toothbrush clean and effective. If you have had your toothbrush for longer than three months or recently recovered from an illness, it is time to get a new one. Afterall, who wants to brush their teeth with a toothbrush that harbors bacteria?
Daily flossing is also essential. Coffee, tobacco, and pungent foods can cause bad breath, but the number one cause of bad breath is food trapped between your teeth. Not only does flossing help improve breath, it reduces your risk of cavities.
Another great oral hygiene option is rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash to keep teeth clean and breath fresh. For best results, do this morning, nights, and after meals.
Invest in a Tongue-Scraper
The expense is minimal, but the effects are substantial. Tongue scrapers effectively remove bacteria hiding in the crevices of your tongue. Often, bad breath occurs when the hardest to reach part of your tongue is not properly cleaned. Using a tongue scraper not only allows you to easily eliminate problems, but it can also stimulate digestion, unclog your taste buds, and boost your immune system.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Professional dental cleaning removes plaque, which can cause decay, gum disease. Both of these issues contribute to bad breath. It also allows your dentist to identify early signs of oral health issues.
At Metropolitan Dental, we offer composite fillings for decay (cavities) and a host of treatments for periodontal (gum) disease.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), you should visit your dentist for a cleaning and exam at least once every six months. For active gum disease, exams and cleanings are needed more frequently.
Adjust Your Lifestyle
If your bad breath is caused by things you eat, drink, or smoke, you may want to consider making some changes. The most common culprits include coffee, soda, alcohol, tobacco, garlic, and onions, but other foods and drinks can also contribute.
Drinking plenty of water also helps to keep your mouth moist and flush your system, which can help significantly.
If you make some positive changes and bad breath continues, you may want to keep track of your food and beverage intake to help determine the cause.
Clean dental appliances or dentures
If you wear dentures, a retainer, a bridge, a mouthguard, or other dental appliance, it may need proper cleaning.
Be sure to clean your dental appliance thoroughly before you put it in your mouth. Every time. If you aren’t sure the best way to clean it, contact your dentist for recommendations of the best cleaning products.
Contact Metropolitan Dental for Your Bad Breath Cure
To reduce bad breath, lower your risk of periodontal disease, and avoid cavities, consistent oral hygiene is key. If regular flossing and brushing do not take care of your bad breath problem, further treatment may be needed.
Occasionally, an underlying health condition can be the cause. If this is the case, your dentist will refer you to a primary care provider.
If the cause is related to your oral health, your dentist can help you control it.
The first step is to contact us online or call (303) 534-2626 today to schedule an appointment with one of our Denver dentists at Metropolitan Dental Care. Your overall wellbeing and self-confidence are important to us, and you can trust us to care for your dental needs.