Bad breath: It isn’t really a dire medical problem in and of itself, but those who suffer from it know that it can lead to many unintended consequences in our interpersonal relationships. While some people may think that bad breath is caused by the foods we eat, in truth, it’s caused by food that is trapped in our mouths, causing bacteria to form. Dry mouth can also cause bad breath, as saliva production decreases, leaving the mouth less able to clean itself.
There are many different things you can do to fight bad breath. An easy strategy is to improve hygiene by brushing and flossing your teeth more regularly. If you are suffering from bad breath, follow the general dentist mantra of, “brush and rinse your teeth after every meal” to remove hidden or trapped food particles.
You can also:
- Brush your tongue: brushing your tongue takes away plaque. Your tongue is full of tiny hairs that can trap bacteria.
- Chew sugarless gum to increase the flow of saliva to your mouth. Saliva will help your mouth naturally clean itself.
- Drink plenty of water to avoid dry mouth.
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which can dry the mouth.
- Drink green tea. Some claim that drinking green tea before and after meals helps to cleanse your mouth as well.
- Check with your dentist to make sure you don’t have gum disease, as it can often cause bad breath.
- Use breath mints that do not contain alcohol. Those that do may actually hurt more than they help.
- Alter your diet by eliminating milk to see if you are intolerant. If so, this may be the cause of the bad breath.
- Eat probiotics every day to help restore your immune system and your intestinal lining.
If you are still experiencing symptoms of bad breath after trying all of these tips, and are in the Lutherville, Baltimore, Pikesville, Timonium, or Towson areas, visit Dr. Myron Kellner at The Smile Design Center. Whether you need a sedation dentist, a cosmetic dentist, an implant dentist, or just a general dentist you can trust, the team at The Smile Design Center will make sure your next dental visit is all smiles.