Bad breath, also called Halitosis, can cause problems for your health and your relationships. There are many causes of bad breath including poor oral hygiene, smoking, acid reflux, and respiratory infections. Here are a few ways you can improve your bad breath and potentially, bad oral health. Of course, if the bad breath continues, call Singla Dental.
Bad Breath Tips:
1. Brush Your Teeth AND Your Tongue
Yes, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day, but if you feel like you have bad breath during the day, bring a toothbrush and toothpaste with you. Bacteria can build-up on your gums and tongue during the day which can cause bad breath. Pay special attention to these areas to stop bad breath during the day.
2. Sugar-Free Gum or Mints
Another option is to chew sugar-free gum or suck on a sugar-free mint. These alternatives are helpful after brushing your teeth or if you do not have a toothbrush. Remember to only use sugar-free gum or mints because the sugars can turn into acids that can create cavities in your teeth. Chewing sugar-free gum or eating mints cannot be used as a replacement for brushing and flossing your teeth. This will lead to bad oral health over time.
3. Stay Hydrated
Many time bad breath can be traced to a lack of water and dry mouth. When you are drinking sugary drinks such as alcohol, tea, or coffee, remember to drink water in-between sips. This will limit the amount of sugar on your teeth and keep your mouth fresh.
4. Biyearly Visits To Avoid Bad Oral Health
Staying up-to-date on your dental visits can help Dr. Singla understand your symptoms and condition. As mentioned above, your bad breath may not have a simple fix like brushing more often. It could be related to gum disease, diabetes, dry mouth, or a respiratory tract infection. Regular visits will keep your mouth healthy and Singla Dental can use preventative treatments to stop some of these bad breath conditions from developing.
Bad breath can cause a number of issues in your personal life and oral health. Practicing good oral health is the first step to a healthy smile. Remember to brush twice a day and floss once a day. For more information about bad breath and related conditions or to plan your next visit, call Singla Dental at (972)-298-4677.