Three Weapons to Stop Bad Breath and Defeat Halitosis

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.

  1. 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.

  2. Treat Dry Mouth

    Robert Korwin, MAGD MICOI“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.”

  3. 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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Further Reading

  • While the economy is still pulling itself out of a recession, many Americans are holding off on cosmetic work including cosmetic dentistry procedures. Unlike some plastic surgery procedures that have low-cost alternatives, cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers and orthodontics come at a hefty price.

  • For the thousands of Americans  considering plastic or cosmetic surgery in 2010, procedure such as tummy tucks, breast implants and Botox treatments are surprisingly lower on the list than teeth whitening.

  • Dr. Nick Mohindra, a London dentist, has invented a plastic mouthguard called the Oralift that’s designed to help patients look younger by sculpting the facial tissues and increasing the strength of the jawline and facial muscles. The Oralift mouthguard is placed in a microwave to soften the plastic and then fitted to the lower teeth. The mouthguard helps to prevent the grinding of teeth and also helps to stretch the freeway space between the back teeth so that the facial muscles become stronger.