February 7, 2020

The 6 Best Ways to Beat Bad Breath and Keep Your Breath Fresh

Filed under: Uncategorized — allheart_dental @ 12:45 am

Concerned man holding his nose after smelling bad breathBad breath, or halitosis, is a common and uncomfortable situation that can hurt your confidence, your health, and sometimes even your relationships. To treat it and keep your breath smelling its best, you need to identify what’s causing it. While several health conditions like diabetes or acid reflux may cause halitosis, research suggests that roughly 80% comes from an oral source. Here are six easy ways to keep your mouth healthy and combat bad breath.

Clean Up Your Dental Routine

Great oral hygiene is an excellent way to remove the harmful, smelly oral bacteria that builds up on your teeth and gums throughout the day. Many experts recommend using an electric toothbrush for two minutes twice a day to take advantage of unique benefits like uniform cleaning patterns and built in timers.

Use the Right Type of Mouthwash

They may all look similar, but not all mouthwashes are the same. While cosmetic mouthwashes can effectively mask bad breath, they don’t treat the underlying issue. Instead, use an antiseptic mouthwash with the American Dental Association’s Seal of Approval to treat bad breath instead of just hiding it.

Don’t Forget to Clean Your Tongue

The tiny bumps on your tongue are called papillae, and they create grooves that easily trap bacteria and food particles. The longer they stay there, the more noxious odors they can release. Clean your tongue daily with a toothbrush or tongue scrapper to clear out these stinky particles.

Keep Your Dental Work Clean

Foul-smelling bacteria can also find their way into the small, hard to clean spaces created by braces, clear aligners, nightguards, and dentures. You should always take the time to clean your dental work with specialized cleaning solutions, gentle toothpastes, or flossing devices to prevent bacteria from accumulating and lacing your breath with a bad smell.

Drink Lots of Water Throughout the Day

Bacteria can grow rapidly in a dry mouth without any saliva to wash them away. Staying hydrated and drinking water throughout the day naturally encourages saliva production. At the same time, you’ll be rinsing away any lingering food particles and bacteria.

See Your Dentist Regularly

Your dentist can help you identify and treat a variety of other factors that cause bad breath, like cavities, gum disease, or cracked fillings. They will also be able to help you determine if your chronic halitosis is the result of a larger systemic health issue. Your bad breath may be an early warning sign of diabetes, respiratory infection, kidney issues, or sinus problems. Regular dental checkups and cleanings are a great way to detect problems early, treat them easily, and keep your breath smelling its best!

About the Practice

Our talented team of dentists at Allheart Dental are passionate about helping you achieve a smile that you can’t wait to show off. If you tend to hide your grin because of your halitosis, one of our highly trained dentists would be happy to help you get your oral health back on track. We offer effective gum disease treatment, thorough cleanings, and a variety of other services that can quickly and effectively revitalize your breath. If you need help keeping your breath smelling its best, feel free to reach out to any of our offices in Red Oak, Irving, Grand Prairie, or Arlington, TX through the contact information found on our website.

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