You’ve had enough — it’s time to get rid of your bad breath. You don’t want to go another day wondering why your mouth is plagued by odor.
It’s frustrating to feel like you’re doing all you can do, but your breath is still a concern whenever you have to attend a meeting or go to an appointment. It’s time to address the root cause of the issue and cure your bad breath for good.
Be Honest: Do You Have a Comprehensive Dental Care Approach?
Do you brush your teeth quickly when you wake up and for about 30 seconds before you fall into bed at night? This does not qualify as a comprehensive, adequate oral health care routine.
You must brush for two minutes straight at least twice per day, and you must floss. Otherwise, debris builds up between, behind and in front of your teeth. Plaque and bacteria flourish, which can lead to cavities, and cavities could be the main reason you can’t get rid of your bad breath.
If you don’t visit your dentist regularly and don’t take your oral health seriously, this is a good starting point for addressing your chronic bad breath.
Your Gums and Tongue Matter
Besides brushing and flossing your teeth, consider other areas of your mouth that need attention as well. For example, your gums must be brushed too. By brushing your gums, you are stimulating blood flow to the tissues that support your teeth, promoting better oral health.
Brush your tongue as well to remove any coatings from food and drink which may be contributing to odor.
Think About What You Eat
You know onions aren’t a good dietary option if you want fresh breath, but what food choices can help transform your bad breath? Health care professionals agree that eating healthy, balanced meals can help. If you are fasting or overloading on carbohydrates or sugar, your breath will not benefit.
On the other hand, if you eat plenty of vegetables, fruits and whole grains, your whole body wellness increases along with your dental health. Celery, apples and carrots are crunchy and watery, helping clean out your mouth while also providing your body with vitamins and minerals.
Quit Smoking Now
Tobacco use is bad for dental health and whole-body health. You are more likely to develop cancer, suffer tooth loss, have severely stained teeth and yes — suffer chronic bad breath.
Ask your dentist or doctor about a quitting program that will mesh with your lifestyle. You could try using nicotine patches or getting a prescription medication to help you overcome the addiction.
Talk to Your Dentist About Your Medications
In some cases, you might be doing everything right but still have a terrible mouth odor no matter what changes you make. Have you stopped to think about how your medications are affecting you?
Many different prescriptions have dry mouth as a side effect, which is a condition that leads to bad breath. Ask your dentist or doctor to recommend another medication without this side effect.
Medical Conditions Could Be the Cause
In some cases, you may want to get rid of bad breath, but the condition actually may be related to a more serious underlying cause. You could have acid reflux, diabetes, liver problems or another type of infection.
If you have not gotten a full physical checkup in over a year, it’s time to make an appointment with your doctor to rule out any contributing medical conditions.
Talk to the experts at Oak Hills Dentistry and learn more helpful strategies to get rid of bad breath and improve your dental health, starting today.