Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be embarrassing and affect personal and professional relationships. However, if you brush your teeth, floss, and regularly visit your dentist, bad breath is preventable. Here are a few helpful tips.
Teeth cleaning is essential for keeping your oral health in check. It’s the best way to prevent cavities and gum disease. According to the American Dental Association, you should brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. You should floss at least once per day to remove food particles from between teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach. You should also replace your toothbrush every three to four months, sooner if the bristles become frayed. Replacing your toothbrush regularly ensures that you’re removing plaque and bacteria effectively.
Make flossing a priority. Flossing helps to remove food particles that may be stuck between teeth as well as bacteria from hard-to-reach surfaces in the mouth that can cause bad breath. Floss one time per day before bed. If you are unable to floss due to physical limitations or braces, try an oral irrigator or water pick to gently remove debris from the teeth and reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Staying hydrated is not only beneficial for overall health, but it can help to keep the mouth moist and reduce instances of dry mouth, which is a common cause of breath issues. Try to drink at least eight glasses of water every day.
Tongue bacteria can break down food particles and cause an odorous mouth odor. That’s why it’s extremely important to brush your tongue every day. You can use your toothbrush or a tongue scraper to clean your tongue.
Your dentures and dental appliances harbor bacteria that cause bad breath. You should clean them daily using a denture cleaner that kills bacteria and neutralizes odors. You may also soak them in a solution overnight to kill germs and remove stains. Always rinse off all solutions before storing your dentures to prevent them from soaking in leftover residue.
You should also talk to your dentist about the best oral hygiene products to use for your dental appliances. Most dentists recommend cleaning them with specialized denture solutions for the best results.
A dry mouth is a medical condition that occurs when the flow of saliva decreases. Saliva has many functions, including protecting enamel from acidity, washing food and bacteria from the teeth, and neutralizing oral acids that can cause tooth decay. When your mouth feels dry, you are less likely to produce enough saliva to keep your mouth clean and prevent decay. Some people experience dry mouth due to medication side effects, while others have naturally low saliva production. Regardless of the cause, it’s important to treat dry mouth so it doesn’t progress to gum disease or other oral health issues. If you suffer from dry mouth, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist so they can assess the health of your teeth and provide you with a solution in the form of a mouthwash or a prescription rinse.You can take steps to prevent dry mouth by drinking plenty of water throughout the day and avoiding tobacco and alcohol products. You should also try to chew sugarless gum to stimulate your salivary glands and produce additional saliva. If you suffer from dry mouth, practice good oral hygiene and visit the dentist regularly for a thorough cleaning.
Your brush should be replaced every three months to avoid spreading bacteria back into your mouth. You should also replace your toothbrush after you’ve had a cold, the flu, or any other illness to prevent re-infection.
We recommend scheduling an appointment for a professional cleaning and checkup every six months. Regular appointments can help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues from occurring in the first place. During your cleaning, we will perform a thorough dental exam to check for early warning signs and prevent advanced oral problems from developing in the future. We will also provide you with helpful tips for improving your oral health at home and may recommend additional treatments based on your needs.
If you have any questions or want to schedule a consultation with us, visit Ideal Smiles of Stamford at 86 Prospect St, Suite 300, Stamford, CT 06901, or call (203) 359-2222.