Halitosis (a.k.a., bad breath) is often linked to consumption of odiferous foods or beverages like garlic, onions and coffee. The simple solution in this scenario is to avoid eating or drinking the offending food or beverage that sours breath.
However, not everyone with smelly breath can solve the problem by tweaking his or her diet. Some people struggle with long-term bad breath that doesn’t change with diet and can’t be masked with breath mints or a stick of gum.
To help you avoid embarrassment because of sour or smelly breath, Solano County cosmetic dentist Dr. Bruce Bosler wants to share some of the tips he gives patients with chronic bad breath.
Brush and Floss Diligently
Chronic bad breath occurs because of bacteria in the mouth; food particles left in the nooks and crannies between the teeth can also cause foul odors. Therefore, the first step to combating bad breath is to focus on good oral hygiene habits. Brush the teeth at least twice daily and floss at least once a day. Change your toothbrush every three to four months.
Don’t forget to brush the tongue, which can harbor a good deal of bacteria. A tongue scraper is a great tool to use to clean the tongue.
Bacteria thrives in dry environments, so it’s helpful to keep the mouth hydrated by drinking lots of water. Drinking water also washes away food particles and bacteria. Chewing (sugarless) gum can help trigger the flow of saliva to combat dry mouth.
Quit Chewing or Smoking Tobacco
Chewing or smoking tobacco is known to cause halitosis. Quit your tobacco habit and notice an improvement in your breath.
Clean Dental Appliances
If you wear dentures, Invisalign aligners or retainers, be sure you are cleaning them as directed by Dr. Bosler. They can trap food particles and bacteria that cause bad breath, so it is essential to clean them each time before you put them in your mouth.
Consult with Dr. Bosler
If your own efforts have failed to reduce or eliminate bad breath, it’s time for Dr. Bosler to intervene. He will check to see if an underlying dental condition, such as gum disease, decayed teeth or infection, could be causing smelly breath.
Dr. Bosler welcomes you to call (707) 392-1019 or email our practice and schedule an appointment today.