Don't just cover up your bad breath... get rid of it for good with these tips!
If you're concerned about bad breath, don't worry: it's a common reason people seek advice from their dentist. The good news is that almost all causes of bad breath can be eliminated and with just a few lifestyle changes, you can banish bad breath for good. At Chestnut Dental Associates in Downington, Pennsylvania, Dr. Carl Horchos can help you find a solution to bad breath and restore your oral health. Dr. Horchos explains more about bad breath here:
What is bad breath?
While coffee, cigarettes and other potent products can taint the scent of your breath, this is typically a temporary problem. Halitosis, the clinical name for true bad breath, happens when bacteria colonies collect in the mouth, particularly underneath the gums and on the back of the tongue. Occasionally halitosis is a symptom of other disorders present in the other areas of the body, including the sinuses, throat, or stomach.
What are the of causes halitosis?
- Dehydration. If your mouth is dry, the bacteria that cause plaque isn't being rinsed away. The solution, according to your Downingtown general dentist, is to keep up your intake of water. In a pinch, you can also use sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva production.
- Too much mouthwash/mints. It might seem strange, but overusing products that claim to get rid of bad breath can actually make it worse. The sugar in breath mints can encourage the growth of more bacteria and the alcohol in mouthwash can actually rinse away the bacteria you want in your mouth to regulate its pH levels. Your Downington general dentist recommends using sugar-free mints (those containing xylitol are your best bet) and only using mouthwash once a day unless directed otherwise.
- Lax dental hygiene. This one might seem obvious, but if you're not brushing at least twice a day and flossing once, you're putting yourself at risk for bacterial buildup. It's also important to see your Downington general dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.
If you find yourself hiding your breath behind your hand, contact Dr. Carl Horchos, your general dentist in Downington, Pennsylvania for a better solution.