Does a foul odor cause you to feel insecure when speaking? If bad breath is ruining your day, you do not have to live with the smell. Although it is natural for it to occur from time to time, if it is an ongoing issue, there is likely a larger underlying problem, like an accumulation of bacteria. To help combat the smell, there are several things you can do at home; however, if they are not enough, you may need to see your dentist.
Help! What’s That Smell?
Bad breath often occurs because of the foods you eat, like onions or garlic, but if the problem is ongoing, you may have halitosis. It is estimated that as much as 35 to 45% of people suffer from some form of it at some point in their life. Often, it is due to elevated bacteria levels in the mouth due to poor oral hygiene, gum disease, or tooth decay. Thankfully, there are several things you can do to help combat the odor.
Stop the Odor of Bad Breath
To stop living with the insecurities of bad breath, there are several things you can do at home to decrease bacteria levels in your mouth, like maintaining your oral hygiene. It is best to brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each session. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to clean all surfaces of your teeth. Do not forget to brush your tongue, where bacteria can become trapped.
Even with the best brushing techniques, there are still areas in the mouth where your toothbrush cannot reach, like in between the teeth and around your gum line. To remove the odor-causing bacteria and trapped food particles, it is best to floss in between each tooth every night before going to bed. Use a high-quality dental floss. Gently insert it between two teeth and form a “C” shape while sliding it from the crown to the gum line and back up again.
You may also find an antimicrobial mouthrinse to be effective as well. It will help to kill any bacteria that has been left behind when brushing and flossing. It is also best to avoid factors that can lead to bad breath, like garlic, onions, alcohol, or tobacco.
Visit Your Dentist
Often, changes to your home oral hygiene and lifestyle are enough to stop the odor; however, if the problem persists, there may be a large issue that requires treatment, like gum disease. If you still suffer from bad breath despite the changes, it is best to schedule an appointment with your dentist to find the cause of the smell. With a proactive treatment plan, you can restore your oral health and your confidence.
About Bethel Dental
Bethel Dental is committed to providing comprehensive care to improve your oral health and quality of life. If bad breath has left you feeling insecure, we will get to the root of the problem. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.