Bad Breath Treatment
- Category: General Dentistry
Bad Breath Solutions: Hygiene, Diet and Breath Aids
Patients living with halitosis are significantly affected in their personal and social lives. Those who suffer from bad breath may prevent themselves from laughing or even talking in public for fear of embarrassment. However, do not despair, as there are solutions available. Here we have provided a list of strategies that will end your daily battle with halitosis.
- Practice proper dental hygiene. It’s that simple. Proper hygiene will prevent the development of halitosis within the mouth. The food remains in your teeth and gums after eating create the perfect environment for thriving bacteria which are often the source of the problem. Brushing your teeth after meals will eliminate the bacteria’s ability to colonize.
- Brushing and flossing is extremely important. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss in between all your teeth at least once a day, if not more.
- Antiseptic mouthwash used in the morning, night and after meals will significantly help to eliminate the growth of bacteria. Ingredients in mouthwashes vary, so ask name ( Dentist) which type of mouthwash is best suited for you.
- Tongue scrapers are also a great and easy way to rid your mouth of odor causing bacteria that may be lingering there. Gently scrape the mucus off the tongue to remove bacteria without causing damage to the tongue.
- Using a straw when drinking sugary or acidic beverages can also help prevent the development of odor causing bacteria. The straw will help the liquid travel past the teeth and tongue to prevent any residue from remaining behind and harboring bacteria. Straws are a great solution for small children as well as the elderly who may find the maintenance of proper hygiene challenging.
- Patients with dental appliances or orthodontics should follow the routine oral health recommendations of their dentist to properly clean the appliances. Doing so will not allow bacteria to colonize and reach the stage in which they give off unpleasant odors. Following specific oral health instructions is also crucial to those patients with removable appliances.