Bad breath, or halitosis, is a delicate condition that causes many to be self-conscious. There are many ways to treat brad breath, but first you need the knowledge to fix the problem.
The first thing to know is that halitosis is usually a symptom of poor oral hygiene, so all three tools have to do with addressing this problem. There are steps to improving your oral health that will not only help eliminate the bad scent of your breath, but it will also improve your overall dental health.
Here some simple “weapons” you should have in your toolkit to put an end to halitosis.
- Treat the Gum
Gum disease, or Gingivitis, is many times at the root of the cause of bad breath. This disease occurs when bacteria infect the gums and ligaments at the base of tooth. Bacterial love the gums, because they provide a safe haven to reproduce. The result is bad smelling breath. A dentist can help you to treat and prevent gingivitis with a variety of options which will in turn improve your oral hygiene.
- Treat Dry Mouth
“Dry mouth is another major cause of bad breath. When levels of saliva run low, bacteria can flourish," according to Middletown, New Jersey's Dr. Robert Korwin. "Some causes of dry mouth include systemic diseases like diabetes, hormonal fluctuations, or can be caused through side effects of many medications. I provide specialized mouth rinses such as Natural Dentist, an alcohol-free way to rid the mouth of odor causing bacteria, as well as fluoride gels, oral lubricants, and other techniques for getting the most out of a daily hygiene routine.”
- Fix the Tongue
Bacteria will often host on the tongue. Even those who do regularly floss and brush often forget to clean the tongue thoroughly. While brushing and rinsing can help alleviate the bacteria on the tongue it does not completely fix the problem. Using a tongue scraper once a day will help to thoroughly clean the tongue. Ultimately, taking better care of your tongue will improve your breath a lot!
Although these three steps will help you to treat bad breath, it is important you visit a dentist to complete the process. Regular trips to the dentist help you to maintain your long-term oral hygiene and prevent larger problems than bad breath. Also, as your dentist will always remind you, remember to brush and floss three times a day.
To find more information on stopping bad breath, find a doctor in your area and get a consultation to learn more or ask a doctor your halitosis or dental questions.
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