Oral Hygiene and Healthy Lifestyle
When you realize the cause of your bad breath, there are remedial steps you can do to correct the situation. The most important, of course, is sticking to proper oral hygiene. However, if it persists, your dental professional is your go-to person for halitosis.
Here some easy remedies to arrest bad breath and bring back your tingling fresh breath:
- After a thorough brushing with fluoride toothpaste (at least twice daily) and a once-daily flossing, end with a good mouth rinse that will rid of the odor-causing compounds in your mouth.
- Remember to also brush your tongue.
- Moderate or limit your intake of sweet and acidic juices, coffee and alcohol, and stay hydrated with lots of water to drink. Regulate your water intake depending on your physical activities and your body build.
- Go for sugarless gum to stimulate saliva production; this is one way to stay hydrated and avoid smoking. Avoid mints because they leave a sugary residue.
- Quit smoking.
There are also treatments for bad breath that seem to have no causative factor. If your bad breath is chronic you may have to visit a dental professional about it. Your dentist may prescribe an antimicrobial mouth rinse to keep bacteria in check. However, a thorough oral examination may be necessary to be able to rule out tooth decay and caries, gum disease, an abscess, or a “dirty” tongue. A treatment plan should be carried out to address any oral condition that may be causing your halitosis.
If your dentist has ruled out any other oral issue, and your bad breath still persists, it may be time to see your medical doctor. You may have an infection or illness elsewhere in the body and you need further evaluation. Bad breath can be a sign of respiratory tract infections, chronic sinusitis or bronchitis, diabetes, or liver and kidney problems.
Learning More About Bad Breath in Bellevue
Come see your Bellevue dentist if you think you have halitosis. You will know more how to keep this affliction at bay and feel confident again.