Handling Halitosis: Some Pointers From Clearwater Dental Associates
They say that the mouth is the gateway to the body. Who says that? Well, at Clearwater Dental Associates, we utter this phrase all the time. It is something that we believe very strongly, and we want our patients to approach their oral health care from this important angle.
There are also a few things about your mouth that people will pick up on straightaway. They will be subconsciously evaluating whether or not your smile nice and friendly. And they will be forced to assess how fresh your breath is at that moment. Unfortunately, long-lasting opinions that impact our personal and professional potential can often be formed in that first instant.
It goes without saying that we all have breath at one time or another that isn’t suitable for close interpersonal contact. Too much garlic in your pasta, or a particularly potent adult beverage can give you the sort of breath that can clear a room. Occasional bad breath is embarrassing, to be sure. But there are also a lot of great patients we see who suffer from an ongoing condition known as halitosis.
If that sounds like you, we aren’t calling you out and, in fact, there is nothing to be ashamed about. But there is plenty you can do to improve your situation.
Here are some tips for banishing bad breath…
Keeping yourself hydrated is the best thing you can do to stave off bad breath. True Story! Why is that? It’s because saliva naturally eliminates bacteria in your mouth that is causing the bad breath. But in order for saliva to be produced, you need to drink enough water. The nice thing is that in many places the water is infused with fluoride, which further protects your smile.
Skip The Mints
This advice may seem counter-intuitive at first. When you get an awful taste in your mouth, it’s easy to grab a mint, cover it up, and go on about your business. The bad thing is that most mints come replete with sugar. And once the mint has dissolved into memory, all that remains is a sugary residue that actually feeds the bacteria causing your breath problems. It can be a nasty cycle. If you must, try chewing on some sugar-free gum instead of mints.
Find The Floss
Defeating bad breath is really a matter of destroying bacteria. Brushing is a good first step. But flossing is an even better strategy for this battle. Try to floss twice a day or more to drive bacteria out from the regions in-between your teeth.
Take-On Your Tongue
If you are afflicted with chronic bad breath, take the extra time to scrape and brush your tongue twice a day. Do it when you brush and floss! It will help a lot!
Come To Clearwater Dental Associates!
Contact us today to find the source of your halitosis and take the appropriate steps to get it out of your life! Following the aforementioned advice and visiting our Florida office at least twice each year can be the simple life changes that keep you free from harmful bacteria and bad breath!