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Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be caused by a wide range of factors. In many cases, bad breath is simply a side effect of poor oral hygiene. However, some causes of bad breath are more serious. Here are a few helpful tips that can help prevent bad breath.
Brush your teeth
To keep your teeth and gums healthy, you should brush twice a day. Most people do this, but you may not be brushing long enough or thoroughly enough. Two minutes is the recommended amount of time to brush your teeth for. Be sure to clean every surface of every tooth, including the back teeth. In addition to brushing and flossing, you can prevent bad breath by cleaning your toothbrush. Toothbrushes should be replaced every three months to prevent the buildup of bacteria. Every time you use your toothbrush, you transfer microorganisms from your mouth to the bristles. These microorganisms can cause plaque buildup, which can cause bad breath. By replacing your toothbrush regularly, you keep the microorganisms to a minimum and avoid bad breath.
Flossing at least once a day
Oral bacteria love to hide between the teeth and in cracks and crevices where toothbrushes can’t reach. Food particles also get stuck in there, causing bad breath to linger if not removed quickly. You can prevent this problem by flossing between all teeth at least once each day.
It’s important to floss daily to keep your gums healthy. In addition to keeping your mouth smelling fresh and clean, flossing can also reduce your risk of tooth decay by helping to remove plaque from places that your toothbrush cannot reach. When food particles are allowed to remain in the mouth, they are broken down by oral bacteria and cause bad breath. Plaque buildup can also cause cavities or gum disease. By getting in between the teeth with floss on a daily basis, you can prevent the buildup of plaque that can lead to these problems. And with regular brushing of the teeth, you can ensure you won’t have to worry about bad breath caused by food particles lingering between teeth.
Clean your dental appliances regularly
If you wear removable dental appliances such as dentures or a retainer, be sure to clean them regularly as well. Bacteria can collect on these surfaces just like they do on natural teeth, so it’s a good idea to soak your removable appliance in denture cleaner every night. This can remove food and odor-causing bacteria so that these appliances don’t contribute to the problem. Be sure to rinse and dry them with a soft cloth before wearing them again the next morning.
Brush your tongue
Many people aren’t aware that the tongue is also full of bacteria that can cause bad breath. Bacteria can build up on the back of the tongue, where food particles and dead cells accumulate and cause a nasty odor. This can also cause a dry, white film to form on the tongue’s surface. The buildup of this film is called “oral thrush.” It can also lead to burning and irritation of the lips. If left untreated, oral thrush can lead to serious health problems, such as yeast infections in the throat and esophagus.
Use a tongue scraper to gently remove debris from the back of the tongue. Your dental hygienist may recommend an antimicrobial mouthwash containing chlorine dioxide to kill bacteria and loosen plaque. Mouthwash should be used in addition to brushing and flossing.
Avoid dry mouth
If your mouth is dry, you might experience bad breath as a result. This is because saliva helps wash away odor-causing bacteria from the surface of your teeth and tongue. If you suddenly stop producing saliva, you won’t get rid of that bacteria as easily.
Smoking cigarettes is a big cause of dry mouth. When you smoke, your salivary glands slow down. As a result, you’ll produce less saliva than you normally would. Other things that can cause dry mouth include certain medications, hormonal changes, mouth breathing, and stress. It’s important to discuss with your doctor any medications you’re currently taking to see if any side effects could be causing dry mouth. Addressing the root cause of dry mouth will likely improve your oral health.
If you are suffering from dry mouth, you can talk to your dentists about treatment options. You may need to change your toothpaste or mouthwash to one that contains more fluoride. Your dentist may also suggest using a humidifier at night while you sleep to keep your mouth properly hydrated. In some cases, your dentist might recommend a prescription mouthwash to help increase saliva production.
Keeping your teeth and gums healthy is essential to maintaining overall health and quality of life. Visit Dental 2000 33 Creek Rd #210-B, Irvine, CA 92604, or call (949) 857-6757 to book an appointment.
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