How to Treat Bad Breath
Bad breath is a common occurrence for people and brushing usually takes care of that. However, there are times when brushing doesn’t solve the problem right away and a person’s breath produces an aroma of morning breath mixed with toothpaste. Sounds gross, doesn’t it? When you work in an office, this may be a regular smell. Fortunately, there are ways to fix the problem, just not right away. Finding a solution for bad breath may take some time, but with patience you will be able to accomplish cool, refreshing breath that will not cause discomfort amongst your coworkers.
Let’s begin with how bad breath starts.
There are several ways in which bad breath can form. For instance, dry mouth can cause a build up of bacteria since there are not enough enzymes produced by saliva to breakdown the food particles in the mouth. Poor oral habits can also cause bad breath because regular brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash removes bacteria and food particles from between the gums and teeth. Some of the more obvious causes are smoking and alcohol consumption.
Why does my breath still smell bad after brushing?
Getting rid of bad breath can be fairly simple, but it also takes some time to begin new habits and improve lifestyle patterns. The most common area of the mouth that produces bad breath is the tongue based on the lack of attention it gets. If the tongue is cleaned, food residue will remain on the surface and under the tongue, creating a build up of bad-smelling bacteria that leads to bad breath even after brushing. So remember to brush the top and below the tongue. In fact, brushing the tongue will eliminate the problem from nearly half of the people suffering from bad breath.
Bad Breath Prevention Tips
The keystone of bad breath prevention is practice good oral hygiene.
Good oral hygiene includes:
- Brushing twice a day
- Flossing daily
- Rinsing with mouthwash before bed
Also, incorporating good habits such as not smoking, drinking less coffee, and drinking more water can help to keep your breath fresh and not smelling bad. To learn more about how you can find a solution for bad breath, call Foothill Dental Care at Livermore to schedule an appointment for teeth cleaning today.
For questions about at-home or in-office procedures, or to find out which procedure is right for you, Visit Foothill Dental Care in Livermore or call (925) 961-5484 to schedule a consultation.