How to Overcome Bad Breath Problems
Do you always carry breath mints in your pocket, because you are worried about offending other people with your bad breath? It can be embarrassing to have bad breath all the time, especially if you are worried about other what other people will think. Some people jump to the conclusion that a person has poor dental habits if they have bad breath.
Even regular brushing and flossing might not be enough to help a person overcome bad breath problems though. In order to overcome this dental issue, you need to understand the source of the problem.
What Causes Bad Breath?
Bad breath, sometimes known as halitosis, is usually caused by a buildup of bacteria within the mouth. When the bacteria builds up, it causes chronic inflammation and can release unpleasant odors. Most people have bad breath when they wake up in the morning, but sometimes this smell doesn’t go away after brushing and flossing in the morning.
Certain dental problems might cause bad breath, such as cavities or gum disease. In other situations, there are medical conditions that might contribute to bad breath, such as acid reflux, postnasal drip, chronic bronchitis, liver disease, and more.
Treating the Root Cause of Bad Breath
Minty mouthwash, gum, and breath mints are often the first things that people turn to when they realize that they have bad breath. But, these things will only cover up the symptoms instead of treating the root problem. Good oral hygiene is always important, but sometimes it isn’t enough.
To overcome chronic bad breath problems, you need to talk with your dentist to identify an effective solution for your individual situation. For example, it might be determined that your bad breath is coming from cavities that need to be filled or gum disease, so the dentist will focus on treatments to help you overcome these dental problems.
Your dentist will stress the importance of regular brushing and flossing, and you will have a discussion about the right frequency and amount of time for brushing your teeth. It might even be beneficial to use an electric toothbrush with a timer, to make sure that you are brushing your teeth enough each time.
Mouthwash can be beneficial to reduce bacteria that might cause bad breath. It is a good idea to select an antibacterial or antiseptic mouthwash for the best results.
Be careful about the foods that you eat, because you should avoid foods that cause bad breath, including things such as onions, garlic and peppers. At the same time, increase water consumption and snack on watery fruits and vegetables such as apple slices, carrots, and celery.
If you can’t overcome bad breath problems, then right now is a great time to talk with a dental professional. Call our office today to schedule an appointment!