How to Battle Bad Breath

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a common problem. For many, bad breath goes away with a good brushing and flossing, but for others, the smell and taste of bad breath lingers. No one wants to have bad breath, but what can you do to make it go away once and for all?

Here’s how to battle bad breath for a fresh, clean smile!

Visit Your Dentist

If you have bad breath that doesn’t go away even after brushing and flossing, this could be a sign of gum disease, also called periodontal disease [1]. In gum disease, plaque can build up in areas around the gumline, leading to gum irritation and redness, and eventually, an infection that can cause bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth.

Your dentist can not only catch gum disease early, but help reverse gum disease to restore your smile with a deep cleaning, also called a root planing and scaling. If gum disease progresses, however, it can become more difficult to manage and may require further treatment. Your dentist can help you effectively treat gum disease to get rid of chronic bad breath!

Floss Every Day

Flossing helps remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth in places where your toothbrush can’t reach [2]. Flossing every day is an essential part of removing bacteria that can cause bad breath. You only need to floss once a day to experience the benefits, so make this a habit to help your bad breath. Regular flossing can also help keep gum disease away as part of your daily oral care routine!

Invest in an Electric Toothbrush

Electric toothbrushes have been shown to be better at removing plaque than manual toothbrushes [3]. If you haven’t invested in an electric toothbrush and are battling bad breath, consider trying an electric toothbrush for superior plaque removal, especially around the gumline. Brush twice a day for best results!

Drink More Water

Did you know that dehydration can cause bad breath? Not drinking enough water can cause dry mouth, which can trigger bacteria in the mouth to proliferate and lead to bad breath [4]. If you have chronic dry mouth due to medications that you take, be sure to follow up with your dentist about ways you can help combat dry mouth to improve your breath.

Ask Your Dentist About Mouthwash

Mouthwash can help kill the bacteria that cause chronic bad breath, so ask your dentist about which kinds would be most helpful for you to use. However, don’t use mouthwash to cover up bad breath that won’t go away—to truly get rid of chronic bad breath, it’s best to visit your dentist to see if you could have an underlying health problem such as gum disease or dry mouth that could be the cause!

Do You Have Bad Breath?

Everyone suffers from bad breath occasionally, but if you have bad breath that doesn’t go away, it’s time to call your dentist for help. Contact your oral healthcare professional to schedule an exam today!

Sources:
1. https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/health-info/gum-disease/more-info#symptoms
2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3633265/
3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3652371/
4. https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/h/halitosis

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How to Battle Bad Breath
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Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a common problem. For many, bad breath goes away with a good brushing and flossing, but for others, the smell and taste of bad breath lingers. No one wants to have bad breath, but what can you do to make it go away once and for all?
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