Everyone knows that frustration and embarrassment of having morning breath, but did you know that over 80 million people in the United States suffer from chronic bad breath, also known as halitosis. Most of the time, this unpleasant odor originated from bacterial growth in the mouth and can be traced back to the gums and tongue. Even though there are many different reasons you could be experiencing this, your dentist in Orange Park has some solutions. Continue reading to learn more about the steps you can take to stop bad breath in its tracks.
Brush Twice and Floss Once Daily
Removing food debris and plaque buildups from your teeth means that there are less places for bacteria to grow and contribute to bad breath. It is especially important to clean your teeth before you go to bed at night. If you want to take an extra step, try an additional round of brushing with baking soda. This reduces the acidity in the mouth and makes it less likely for bad breath causing bacteria to grow.
Scrape Your Tongue
In order to remove the residue that builds up between the taste buds and folds in your tongue, you can invest in a tongue scraper at your local drug store. They are inexpensive and great at scraping away buildups of food debris and bacteria. If you don’t have a tongue scraper, use your toothbrush to clean your tongue after brushing your teeth.
Use a Mouthwash
Mouth rinses can easily mask foul odors in the mouth, but you should know that this isn’t a long-term solution. If dry mouth is the cause of your halitosis, look for a mouthwash that does not contain alcohol, as this can dry out your mouth further and make your bad breath worse.
Dry mouth can increase bacterial growth in the mouth and make bad breath worse. By drinking plenty of water, you will be washing away food particles and halitosis-causing bacteria. Six to eight cups of water a day is sufficient for most people.
If you suck on sugarless candy or chew on sugar-free gum, you can help to stimulate saliva flow. This is important because saliva helps to neutralize harmful acids, wash away food debris, and reduce the number of bacteria in the mouth.
Have a Healthy Snack
Between meals, snacking on high fiber fruits and veggies like carrots, celery, and apples can increase your saliva production. They also help to alleviate bad breath that’s caused by hunger or fasting.
Tobacco products have negative effects on your entire body. One effect it has on the mouth is contributing to bad breath. This is because smoking tends to dry out the mouth and leave a smell behind that can linger even after regular brushing. Talk to your doctor, friends, and family about the best way you can quit.
If you’re struggling with chronic bad breath, don’t be afraid to talk to your dentist. They will be able to give you the best advice in order to tackle the issue and keep your smile fresh.
About the Author
Dr. Natasha Patel provides a wide array of services at her practice in Orange Park, FL. She attended SDM College of Dental Sciences in Karnataka, India before entering the prestigious Nova Southeastern University School of Dental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, FL. For more information on preventing halitosis or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Patel, visit her website or call (904) 278-9011.