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How to Avoid the Embarrassment of Bad Breath

Posted Nov 13th, 2015 in Dental Tips

How to Avoid the Embarrassment of Bad Breath

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be embarrassing and can create anxiety.  Many people may also be unaware that they have bad breath.  Be assured that our Lorne Park Dental team approaches the subject of bad breath with sensitivity and in a respectful manner.


There are many causes of bad breath...

These may include:

  • poor dental hygiene
  • diet (ie. garlic, onions, spices, skipping meals, low-carb diets)
  • smoking 
  • alcohol
  • caffeine
  • periodontal (gum and bone) disease
  • oral yeast infection
  • cavities 
  • dry mouth 
  • infections after oral surgery
  • medications (that cause dry mouth)
  • pregnancy
  • dentures
  • health conditions (i.e. respiratory infections, diabetes, chronic acid reflux, chronic sinus infections, liver or kidney problems)

A video from the American Dental Association:

 


There are many treatment or prevention suggestions for bad breath...

These include:

1. REVIEW ORAL HYGIENE HABITS AND PRACTICE GOOD ORAL HYGIENE

  • brushing teeth with toothpaste after meals
  • brush tongue with toothbrush or tongue scraper 
  • floss daily or any other aids to reach between the teeth
  • have teeth professionally scaled if needed
  • replace toothbrush regularly (every 3-4 months or when frayed)
  • rinse often
  • use antibacterial mouthwashes
  • brush denture thoroughly and remove at bed time
  • brush dental appliances
2.  STOP SMOKING

3.  DRINK PLENTY OF WATER

  • avoid dehydration 
  • avoid dry mouth
  • chew sugar-free gum (xylitol is best)
  • suck on sugar-free mints (xylitol is best)

4. MODIFY DIET

  • avoid foods which cause bad breath
  • caution with low-carbohydrate diets
  • limit or avoid alcohol
  • limit or avoid caffeine
  • avoid missing meals

5. COMMIT TO REGULAR DENTAL VISITS


More on Bad Breath in this TED-Ed video:


smiley tooth-Lorne Park Dental-Mississauga DentistDon't hide under bad breath. Seek help from Lorne Park Dental  if bad breath does not resolve after you try these suggestions. There is no need to live with bad breath. Treatment is available!

Keep your smile healthy and bright! Book an appointment with Lorne Park Dental.