Do you ever feel that you need a piece of gum or a mint because of your breath? You are not alone, the Council of Scientific Affairs published a report that states about 50% of the adult population has bad breath but that might not make you feel better. So, what is bad breath also known as halitosis? Bad breath is an unpleasant smell coming from the mouth. Bad breath can occur once in a while or it can be all the time.
What can you do at home to curb the bad breath.
- Brush your teeth and gums along with your tongue. Remember to be gentle with brushing your gums and tongue, you do not want to scrub the tissue but gently brush it. This will remove food and plaque for the mouth and the food source for the bacteria.
- Flossing to remove food from between your teeth
- Create more salvia by chewing sugar free gum or sugar free mints or lozenges. This will help the mouth naturally wash away food debris and keep the mouth less acidic. An acidic environment promotes the growth of bacteria.
- Your diet, eating fibrous fruits and vegetables is one of the best ways to remove bacteria. Such as eating an apple a day, this helps you in two ways 1) by help removing bacteria from the mouth and 2) helps keep the mouth moist.
- Avoid smoking and chewing tobacco.
- Drink more water and less caffeine since caffeine will pull moisture out of your mouth and body.
Now you have changed a few of your daily routines, but you still have bad breath, come in for a visit and we can help determine if there is another source of the bad breath, such as gum disease, tooth decay, or infections of the mouth.
For more tips or any unanswered questions please CALL (630)879-7642 TODAY to speak with a friendly dental professional!