Bad Breath Treatment
Are you worried about bad breath? Bad breath can be embarrassing and tough on those around you. Some people don’t realize their breath could peel paint because people are afraid to tell them. We all worry about bad breath from time to time, however, if you’re experiencing persistent bad breath, it’s time to contact us. In most cases of persistent bad breath (halitosis), the smell comes from a buildup of bacteria within the mouth. The excess bacteria if often found in food debris left in the mouth, plaque, pockets between the gums and teeth in gum disease, or in a coating on the back of the tongue. Some other causes of bad breath include:
- Food and beverages with bad smells
- Tartar and calculus buildup in the mouth
- Dry mouth
- Smoking and alcohol consumption
- Poor hygiene and lack of dental cleanings
- Genetics, medical conditions, and some medications
How can i treat bad breath?
- Come see Dr. Singal at Charming Smile Dental Jersey City. It’s important to find out where the odor is coming from and whether or not it’s due to a medical condition or a dental problem. Since bacteria can live in the deep pockets below the gum line, we can make sure you’re brushing and flossing properly.
- Brush. It’s a no-brainer, but brushing after meals or at least twice a day will keep bad breath at bay. It’s also important to be methodical about brushing and make sure you’re getting all of the surfaces of your teeth and gums.
- Floss. An ultrasonic toothbrushes is a good choice, but the best way to get below the gum line and in-between teeth is to floss right after you brush, every time.Approximately 40% of your tooth surface exists between your teeth. So not flossing is like not cleaning half your mouth! This leaves plenty of food for the bacteria to eat, leaving you with some really stinky breath!
- Drink up. If you’re not drinking enough water, your salivary flow decreases, which can cause breath to be more concentrated. Always carry water with you and be sure to drink throughout the day.
- Use Mouthwash. Mouthwash helps to kill harmful bacteria that our toothbrush or floss could not get to. Look for a mouthwash with essential oils like menthol and eucalyptus which further reduced problem-causing bacteria and smells.
- Use a tongue scraper. Brushing your tongue only gets to the surface, but a tongue scraper used every time you brush is much more effective.
- Bite into an apple. Fiber-rich fruits and vegetables that require a lot of chewing help to clean out the teeth and the vitamin C will kill bacteria.
- Chew gum. Chewing sugarless gum throughout the day can help to clean out food particles in the teeth and keep the mouth moist.
- Drink tea. Swap out your afternoon coffee for a cup of green or black tea instead. Both contain polyphenols, which prevent the growth of bacteria.
- Take probiotics. A probiotic supplement may help to cut down on candida yeast that lives on the surface of the tongue.
Contact us today to find out how we can help you overcome bad breath!