Bad breath is a condition that family dentists and dental hygienists are extremely familiar with. In fact, as WebMD reports, an estimated 40 million Americans battle this embarrassing problem nationwide. The good news is that bad breath, also known as halitosis, is very rarely an indicator of a serious medical concern and there are plenty of things you can do to fight back.
Maintain Oral Hygiene. Having bad breath is not necessarily an indicator of poor oral hygiene, but neglecting your brushing and flossing can be a contributing factor for bad breath. Gently brush your teeth a minimum of twice per day, floss at least once per day, and consider using a tongue scraper if you are particularly concerned about your breath. Rinsing with a good mouth wash can also help prevent or eliminate bad breath.
Watch What You Eat. Some particularly pungent foods, such as garlic and onions, are actually absorbed into your bloodstream, so brushing after you eat these foods will not help your breath much. Garlic and onions are both wonderful for your health, but you might want to avoid them if you will soon be in close proximity to other people.
Stop Smoking. As if the risks to your health were not reason enough to give up the habit, smoking cigarettes also makes your breath stink, along with your hair, skin, and clothes. Smoking can also contribute to the development of gum disease, which can cause bad breath. If you need help, talk to your dentist or doctor. Many resources are available that can help you stay on the path to tobacco-free living.
See Your Dentist. If you have tried every preventative measure and still struggle with bad breath, it’s time to see your family dentist. You may have a medical condition causing your problem, and your dentist can rule out or address dental causes.
If you are in need of dental care, visit Northern Virginia Dental Associates. We are your family, pediatric, and cosmetic dentistry resource in Springfield. Call (888) 862-0095 today to schedule an appointment.