Bad breath is one of most people’s biggest fears, and yet it’s something that many people have to deal with. Also known as halitosis, this condition can cause embarrassment and social anxiety, even putting unnecessary strain on your relationships.
Do you want to make your breath smell better? Bad breath is generally caused by a buildup of bacteria, but there are many different reasons why this can happen, so you may have to try a few different things before you can get rid of it.
Here are a few of the best approaches to dealing with bad breath.
Develop Good Dental Hygiene
Good hygiene goes a long way toward preventing bad breath. At minimum, you should be brushing your teeth twice a day, after you wake up in the morning and before you go to bed at night, as well as flossing once a day. These habits should be enough to keep normal bacteria growth at bay, but if you feel like your breath is still bad, you can use an antibacterial mouth rinse to cut down on bacteria growth on your tongue and elsewhere in your mouth.
Get Regular Dental Cleanings
If improving your personal oral hygiene isn’t enough to get rid of your halitosis, it may be time for a dental cleaning. For good oral health you should see your dentist at minimum once a year, but ideally you should have your teeth cleaned every six months. One of our hygienists at Dental Health Associates can do a much more thorough job of eliminating plaque and flushing out bacteria than you can at home, so if your halitosis persists even after stepping up your brushing and flossing, this might be what’s needed.
Investigate Dental Problems
If you are still dealing with halitosis even after having your teeth cleaned professionally at DHA, it’s possible you may actually be dealing with some kind of dental problem. Remember, bad breath is caused by bacteria, so the source of the problem could be something as simple as food and bacteria getting trapped in a cracked cavity. Let your hygienist know your breath is chronically bad and have your dentist look for any untreated problems that could be a potential cause.
Consider The Role of Other Health Problems
Because saliva helps fight bacteria in the mouth, a dry mouth can lead to a buildup of bacteria, which in turn will foul your breath. If you have a dry mouth or if dental cleanings and other measures don’t resolve your bad breath, you may need to consider the role other health conditions could be playing. For instance, diabetes may cause your mouth to be unusually dry, while other conditions such as post nasal drip, chronic bronchitis, and respiratory tract infections cause an unusual buildup of bacteria. Liver disease and acid reflux are other conditions that can cause your breath to smell bad. If you have one of these conditions or have been unable to resolve your bad breath through good hygiene and dental care, it’s time to pay a visit to your doctor.
Halitosis is an embarrassing and potentially life-changing issue, but you don’t have to be at its mercy. Through proper hygiene, dental cleaning, appropriate dental work and good health care, most cases can be resolved. For more information about how to get rid of your bad breath, please contact the professionals at Dental Health Associates.