With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many people who suffer from bad breath are scrambling to find a cure in time for the big day. Bad breath can be embarrassing and uncomfortable, and an estimated 60 million people in the United States struggle with it. But Dr. Paul Caputo is here to tell you that you don’t have to live with halitosis any longer, as there are many ways to combat the symptoms and keep your mouth fresh and clean.
A number of different things can be at fault for your case of halitosis:
Luckily, there are many natural ways to kick your bad breath to the curb. This is not a condition that you have to live with forever, even if it feels like there is no hope!
As always, the number one rule is to brush and floss regularly. Keep your teeth, gums and tongue clean to eliminate all of the odor-causing bacteria in your mouth.
Over-the-counter mouthwashes can kill bacteria or temporarily mask bad breath. While mouthwash is an excellent way to help rid your mouth of food particles and bacteria, the fix is only temporary. Make sure to brush and floss as soon as you can after eating to keep plaque from forming.
While most people understand the importance of regularly brushing their teeth, they often forget about keeping their tongue clean as well. If you stick your tongue out and notice a white or brown coating in the back, you’re allowing bacteria to flourish. Use a toothbrush or a tongue scraper to clear them out and keep those bad breath-causing germs out!
Dentures are great options for patients who have missing or damaged teeth, but it is important to keep them clean. Food particles can get stuck in them and give way to plaque and bacteria, ultimately leading to bad breath. Before bed, take your dentures out and thoroughly clean them with a toothbrush or denture cleaner before using them the next morning.
Dry mouth and dehydration are culprits of bad breath, so maintaining proper hydration is necessary for combating bad breath. Chewing sugar-free gum or mints can help stimulate saliva in the mouth, which helps keep bacteria at bay. Drink plenty of water, eat healthy food and steer clear of alcohol and other mouth-drying substances.
Smoking and chewing tobacco are the root of many health problems in those who use them regularly. Smoke can linger in your lungs long after the cigarette is finished, causing the stale scent of smoker’s breath. Quitting is the best way to stem the spread of bad breath.
A visit to the dentist every 6 months is a critical part of a healthy oral care routine. In addition to thoroughly cleaning your teeth and removing tartar, your dental hygienist will catch bad breath-causing issues before they get out of control.
Let’s face it – bad breath is embarrassing. Knowing that your breath stinks makes it difficult to talk with friends, family and coworkers and can take a hit on your self-confidence. Dr. Paul Caputo and the rest of the team at Palm Harbor, Florida office want to help you combat your halitosis and give you back the confidence you deserve! If you are suffering from a case of bad breath and would like an oral health check-up, make an appointment with our office today!
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A