Although we don’t like to discuss it, we’ve all had experiences with bad breath, or halitosis. The problem is that sometimes you may not be aware of it until it’s affected your friends, family, or co-workers.
Having bad breath from time to time is completely normal, and it can be the result of what we’re eating or drinking or habits like smoking or tobacco use. The problem is when it becomes chronic and it doesn’t go away.
Here are some steps you can take to control your halitosis.
Visit Your Dentist for a Checkup
If your efforts to improve your halitosis don’t help your condition, it may be time to visit your dentist. Chronic bad breath is one of the telltale sign of periodontal (gum) disease. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. These conditions can often be managed through general dentistry: cleanings, exams, and changes to your home care routine
Brush After Eating
Most of us brush our teeth at least twice a day, in the morning and at night. However, if you are experiencing issues with bad breath, you might consider brushing after all meals and snacks, if possible. This helps to remove the food debris that remains on your teeth and causes bad breath.
Keep Your Tongue Clean
Brushing your tongue gently with your toothbrush should be part of your normal routine as bacteria can hide in the grooves and crevices of your tongue. If this bacteria is not removed each day, it can contribute to halitosis.
Drink Water Throughout the Day
Dry mouth is also a common cause of bad breath. Beverages such as coffee or red wine dehydrate your mouth and lead to this condition. When you drink water during the day it keeps your mouth hydrated and also washes away food debris left from your meals.