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Dealing With Bad Breath

Bad breath can have negative effects on your life, and it affects a large amount of the American population. Some people are aware of their own bad breath, yet others are unaware of how bad their breath smells until someone brings it to their attention. Because bad breath originates inside the mouth, the best person to discuss this unpleasant condition with is your dentist. Many causes of bad breath can be easily handled through a change in habits and oral health care habits.

  • Quit any and all tobacco use. Stopping all tobacco use should be a priority in your life, period. Tobacco is not only harmful to your oral and general health, but it is also a product that is well known for causing foul breath. Tobacco has its own strong smell, and due to the damage that it causes to your teeth and gums, it exacerbates bad breath.
  • Avoid odorous foods and beverages. This may seem obvious, yet it is often something that many people overlook day-to-day. Avoiding foods and beverages that are known to cause bad breath is a great step in avoiding bad breath. Garlic, onions, cheeses, coffee, and alcoholic beverages are the most notable for their odorous smells. Not only do they have a strong smell of their own, but they also leave residue inside your mouth after consumption; therefore, every time you exhale after eating or drinking these you are releasing their odors out into the air around you. When you cannot avoid these foods or beverages, it is always a good idea to keep a toothbrush close by. Brushing your teeth after eating or drinking helps to get rid of the residue left behind in order to combat your bad breath.
  • Stay hydrated. Dry mouth is a huge factor in how your breath smells. Saliva is necessary to help wash plaque away from the teeth. When your mouth his not producing enough saliva, plaque will quickly build up on the teeth. Since plaque is made up of millions of bacteria, it is a stinky substance inside the mouth.
  • Practice good oral hygiene. Brushing your teeth and flossing on a daily basis is the most important thing you can do on your own to prevent bad breath. Brushing and flossing help to remove bacteria-laden plaque from the teeth, and when done following a meal or beverage, they can help to eliminate odors left behind from your food and drink choices. Making good oral hygiene habits a priority will go a long way in dealing with bad breath.
  • Clean your oral appliances. Any type of oral appliance (e.g. dentures, retainer, aligners, etc.) need to be properly cleaned each day. All oral appliances should be cleaned before putting them into your mouth because they are notorious for harboring plaque and foul odors.
  • Visit your dentist regularly. A thorough cleaning done by your dentist once or twice a year helps to ensure that plaque buildup is not causing your bad breath. If you have tried avoiding odorous foods and beverages, staying hydrated, and using good oral hygiene yet you are still battling bad breath, your dentist is your best defense. It is always important to make sure that your bad breath is not a side effect of certain medications or other health concerns.
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