Ever since the time of the ancient Egyptians, humans have been trying to stop bad breath. Today, it’s a multi-billion dollar industry. It doesn’t cost big bucks to eliminate embarrassing bad breath, rather just a few simple steps.
Dental plaque is found in your mouth when bacteria proliferates from food buildup. Dental plaque is the cause of the overwhelming majority of bad breath. The bacteria found in plaque emits the characteristic odor of rotten eggs. That bacteria and accompanying odor can be reducing by removing plaque. Regular brushing, flossing, and twice-yearly dental cleanings should do the trick.
A lack of saliva can leave your mouth dry and there for susceptible to bacteria. Sometimes this is a side-effect of certain medications. Boost your saliva by drinking more water or speaking with your doctor about alternative medications.
Don’t Ignore Your Tongue
Tiny food particles can very easily stick to your tongue. And that means bacteria can build up there. As you brush your teeth, it’s always a good idea to brush the entire length of your tongue. It will help loosen and remove any food particles that remain. If a problem persists, you can use a tongue scraper for a more thorough cleaning.
Visit Your Dentist
Bacterial growth from plaque buildup is typically what causes bad breath. However, it isn’t the only one. Dental diseases such as tooth decay or gum disease can also cause bad breath (as well as more serious conditions like diabetes, kidney infections, and cancers). This is why your twice-yearly dental visits are so important.
The best thing you can do is practice good oral hygiene. Brush and floss regularly. Drink water. And visit our office.
If you have tried to stop bad breath but it persists, contact us today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Rizza.