What is halitosis? Halitosis is chronic bad breath and is often a symptom of cavities and gum disease. Although we all get bad breath from time to time, here are some steps you can take, especially if yours is chronic.
Start with good oral hygiene and proper care of your mouth, a healthy diet, and consistent general dental care. Home care of your mouth includes brushing, flossing and mouth rinses. The first step is to get a new toothbrush with soft bristles. Toothbrushes should be replaced every few months. You might also consider investing in an electronic toothbrush as these are designed to brush your teeth as a dental hygienist would, in circles and close to your gums for over a minute. Do not forget to brush your tongue. Second, floss between every tooth, even the difficult ones. Brushing and flossing twice daily or after meals helps remove the food and bacteria that hardens into tartar and causes cavities and gum disease. Third, use an antiseptic or antibacterial mouth rinse. You might consider adding a sugar-free gum to stimulate the flow of saliva. Dry mouth is a symptom alongside bad breath.
Treatment for Bad Breath
A healthy diet is not always easy since everyone’s body is different; however, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables are rich in the nutrients that your body and smile need to stay strong. Additionally, you might consider cutting down on acidic and sugary beverages and always drink more water.
Practicing good oral hygiene and visiting a dentist twice a year can cure halitosis. For those with halitosis, visiting a dental hygienist twice a year is necessary as the checkups and cleanings have more benefits than just ending bad breath. If you have been told frequently that you have bad breath, contact South Blvd Dentistry and schedule a cleaning, and we will get you back on the right track.