There is a real problem that we see a lot of in our line of work: bad breath. Occasional bad breath, like the kind you get after eating a garlic-y dish, is embarrassing, as we all know. But folks who suffer from a more chronic condition known as halitosis have it even worse. If you can relate, we want you to know that this is nothing to be ashamed of. It truly can happen to anyone. But there is plenty that you can do to better your situation. The first step in halitosis treatment is diagnosing it with a saliva test. When you visit our Quakertown, PA dentist’s office, we might find that all you need is a thorough teeth cleaning and dental exam, or we might need to treat you for gum disease, a cavity, or some other underlying oral health issues in order to cure your halitosis.
It is always a good idea to go ahead and schedule your next preventive dental checkup appointment with Dr. Roeder or Dr. Kulp. In the meantime, we want to share our suggestions for getting a handle on your bad breath.
Mints Are Actually A Bad Idea
This tip may surprise you. We realize that whenever you get a foul taste in your mouth, it’s easy to grab a mint, cover it up, and go on about your day. The bad thing is that most mints are full of sugar. After the mint has dissolved in your mouth, all that lingers is a sugary residue that actually feeds the bacteria causing your breath problems. It can be a vicious cycle. If you have to, try chewing on some sugar-free gum instead of mints.
Flossing Is A Great Idea
Overcoming chronic bad breath is actually a matter of destroying bacteria. Brushing is a great start. But flossing is an even better weapon in this never-ending war. You should attempt to floss twice a day or more to drive bacteria out from the hard-to-get regions in-between your teeth.
Your Tongue Requires Some Attention
If you are like many patients, you may not think to give your tongue regular attention. But if you are plagued by chronic bad breath, you should take some time to scrape and brush your tongue twice a day. Do it when you brush and floss! It will make a difference.
You Will Want To Drink Water
It is no secret that water is good for your body, generally speaking. And we have discovered that keeping yourself hydrated is perhaps the best thing you can do to ward off bad breath. This is because saliva naturally eliminates bacteria in your mouth that is causing the bad breath. But in order for saliva to be produced, you need to drink enough water. If you can find water with fluoride that is even better!
Visit Dream Dentistry & Sleep Care
Our preventive dentistry program will help you stay on the good road all through life. For halitosis treatment in Quakertown, PA, all you have to do is call Dream-Dentistry & Sleep Care at 215-795-4620! We’ll get you smiling big again in no time!