Strategies for Fighting Bad Breath

No one likes to hear that they have bad breath. It's embarrassing to have a loved one mention that your breath is less than fresh, and it's even more disheartening to wonder who else has noticed. that your breath isn't exactly sweet-smelling.

Bad breath isn't always easy to conquer. Sometimes it's obvious where the problem originates. For example, the raw onions that you loaded on your lunch salad. Yum! Then you'll remember not to chow down on the odoriferous veggies before your next important meeting or date night. But what if the problem is more subtle?

Start with the basics: The first steps to preventing bad breath involve brushing thoroughly twice a day and flossing daily. An electric toothbrush can help with this. Keeping your mouth clean goes a long way toward warding off bad breath.

Brush your tongue too: Bacteria like to live on the tongue as well as between teeth and in plaque that clings to enamel.

Keep your mouth hydrated: Water is good for your whole body, but sipping water can also help prevent bad breath. Patients who suffer from dry mouth, which is often a side effect of certain medications, are more likely to develop halitosis or bad breath. You can fight this problem by sipping water, chewing sugar-free gum, or eating sugar-free lozenges.

Regular professional dental care can detect dental problems early when they are easier to treat. Having dental issues treated as they occur means a healthier mouth and fresher breath. A checkup also gives you a chance to talk to us about your breath. Finally, sometimes the root cause is systemic. If that is the case, a referral to a medical specialist may be necessary.