How to Handle Bad Breath
It happens to all of us – we check our breath when we wake up, or in the middle of a busy day, and we suddenly realize, “Wow, that doesn’t smell too great!” While chronic bad breath may be a sign of oral disease, the good news is that most cases of bad breath can be traced back to some very simple causes – and can be treated just as easily with some simple bad breath remedies. Take it from me, Dr. Paul Caputo – a Palm Harbor, FL dentist with years of experience: Most bad breath is easy to treat. Here’s how to stop bad breath quickly.
Don’t Forget to Floss
What causes bad breath? One of the simplest causes is simply forgetting to floss. Although brushing teeth cleans their surfaces, dental floss gets down in between teeth, right next to gums, where bacteria love to breed and grow. Floss in the morning when you get up, and during any other times that promote bad breath – right after eating, drinking alcohol, or smoking a cigarette. This simple step will cut down on bad breath, and help promote oral health along the way.
Clean Your Tongue
You may notice a strange slimy feeling on your tongue right when you wake up – especially after a night when you drank or smoked. That bad taste and slimy feeling are actually bacterial build-up – so brush it off with your toothbrush. Many pharmacies sell tongue scrapers, but there’s not much evidence to show that these specialty devices work any more effectively that the bristles of an ordinary toothbrush. So brush your tongue clean every morning and you’ll be well on your way to better breath.
Chew Sugar-Free Gum
Many cases of bad breath can be traced back to a dry mouth – so keep that saliva flowing by chewing a mint-flavored gum. Stick to sugar-free gum, though, because sugary treats of any kind can deposit sugar around your teeth and gums, leaving a tempting environment for bacteria to move in. But if you reach for sugar-free gum whenever you crave something sweet to chew on, you’ll help promote improves breath and top-notch oral health.
If these simple solutions don’t put an end to your bad-breath troubles, feel free to call and schedule a dental check up here at my office in Palm Harbor, FL. Certain cases of severe bad breath may be caused by halitosis and other oral diseases, which we can often treat as long as we catch them in time. So take some proactive steps to end your bad breath as soon as you catch it – you may be saving yourself from a more long-term dental problem.
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A