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How Do I Improve My Bad Breath?

badbreathHow Do I Improve My Bad Breath?

Bad breath, aka halitosis, happens to most of us at some point.  What are its causes?  How can I get rid of it?  How do I keep it from returning?

Many factors may contribute to bad breath:

  • Oral diseases. Gum disease (periodontal disease) and cavities (tooth decay)
  • Dry mouth. If you’re feeling dry, chances are you might not be making enough saliva.  Saliva not only keeps our mouths moist, but it washes our mouths and keeps them bathed.  Salivary flow can be reduced due salivary gland problems or medications.
  • Medical conditions. Sinus conditions, gastric reflux, tonsillitis, lung infections, the common cold, diabetes, liver disease, and kidney disease can all contribute to bad breath.
  • Multiple medications can leave a bad taste in your mouth or make your mouth dry, contributing to bad breath.
  • Poor oral hygiene. Not brushing your tongue. Not brushing your teeth.  Not flossing.  Food particles left in your mouth become rancid.
  • Food and drinks. The list of odorous foods is long.  Garlic, onions, coffee…to name a few.
  • Tobacco use. Tobacco use in any form can lead to halitosis, not to mention increase your chance of gum disease (which causes bad breath).
  • Bacteria, always in your mouth, can proliferate and cause an explosion of bad breath by feeding on leftover food and leaving a foul odor.

So, What Can I Do?

First, figure out what the source of the bad breath is.  Here at Dr Vo’s dental office in Rochester Hills, our staff can help you do that.  If there are no concerns in your mouth, we may look to any medical conditions or medications that may lead to halitosis.  Otherwise, here are some ways to help you keep a clean breath.

  • Schedule your dental cleaning. It is important to regularly remove calculus (aka tartar).  Bacteria harbor in, under, and around calculus and cause gum disease and bad breath.
  • Keep brushing and flossing. Taking proper care of your teeth at home is a major way to prevent bad breath. Floss daily and brush twice a day.  See our blog on brushing and flossing, or come in to see the staff at Dr Vo’s Rochester Hills dental office for a quick refresher course in the care of your teeth. We are glad to help!
  • Don’t ignore; brush your tongue. Be sure to clean your tongue every time you brush your teeth.  A swipe with your toothbrush down the middle and on either side will remove the coating that can form on your tongue.  A tongue scraper also works well.
  • Use a mouthwash. These rinses can temporarily reduce halitosis.  Be aware that the alcohol in some mouth rinses can be drying.
  • Make saliva flow. Eating healthy snacks that create a lot of chewing, sugar free gum and sugar free mints, artificial saliva rinses and gum; all of these things help keep your mouth from drying out.
  • Stop smoking/using tobacco. If you’re still using a tobacco product, get wise and kick the habit,  for both your body and your mouth’s sake.

If you have more questions concerning bad breath, feel free to contact Dr Vo in Rochester Hills. We look forward to helping you.

WRITTEN by:amanda
In category: Dental Tips

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