Are You Tired of Bad Breath? Try These Five Methods of Getting Rid of it for Good
If you know you have bad breath but feel as though you have tried everything to fix it, we urge you not to give up. Your first step should be calling a local dentist for a dental cleaning and exam. We can determine if there is a medical reason for the problem. Otherwise, keep reading to learn some of the best ways to get rid of bad breath. Then contact California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 for an appointment.
- Brush Your Teeth At Least Twice Per Day
- Floss Daily
- Consider Your Sinuses
- Other Health Issues
- A Lack of Saliva
The best thing you can do to keep your breath smelling as clean and fresh as possible is to ensure that you are brushing every day. In fact, you should be brushing twice per day. When you brush, use a soft-bristled brush to avoid injuring your gums. Brush not in a back and forth motion but in a circular motion all around your teeth. Use a toothpaste that is approved by the American Dental Association.
Few people enjoy flossing, but if you make it part of your daily routine, it will soon become automatic, and you will not notice it at all. If you do not currently floss daily, then that again could be the cause of your bad breath. No matter how well you brush, you might be leaving food particles between your teeth if you are not flossing, and that food can begin to rot. As you would expect, it does not smell good when it does this.
Do you experience post-nasal drip? If you have allergy issues that include this symptom, then this could be the reason for your bad breath. When mucous drains down your throat and into the back of your mouth, some of it dries. This leaves behind a residue, and that residue can smell bad. If this is an issue for you, just taking a daily allergy med or using a nasal irrigation system can get rid of your bad breath.
Unfortunately, in some cases, bad breath is simply a sign that there is another medical issue going on. For example, acid reflux and diabetes can both cause bad breath. With diabetes, ketones, which have a specific smell, can cause bad breath. Acid reflux can result in acid rising up in the throat to leave behind its own residue.
The job of saliva is to cleanse your teeth and mouth. Many medications can cause dry mouth, which reduces the amount of saliva a person can produce. If this happens, then you could have bad breath.
Bad breath is not always indicative of a health issue, but if you have an ongoing issue, then it is worth talking to your local dentist about. Contact California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 for help.