Have you noticed people running in the opposite direction once you open your mouth to start to speak? Are friends or co-workers offering you gum and mints more than usual? Sorry to break it to you, but if you answered yes to any of these questions…bad breath may be the problem.
Smoking and chewing tobacco, gum disease, cavities, even illnesses like diabetes, sinus infections and acid reflux can cause bad breath. If you’re experiencing chronic bad breath even after your cleansing attempts, you may have a bigger health issue. Here are a few other measures you can take to prevent halitosis:
- Wet your whistle; drinking water helps loosen and rise away food particles while encouraging saliva production.
- Chewing sugar-free gum also encourages saliva production and minty flavors may help freshen breath.
- Use an antibacterial mouthwash. Swish around for at least 30 seconds. Ask your dentist about what mouthwashes they recommend.
- Eat more raw foods such as carrots, apples and celery. The crunchy fruits and vegetables can help scrape out the plaque buildup that causes bad breath.
- Use a tongue scraper. You can purchase toothbrushes that have these on the back. The tongue scrapers are designed to remove bacteria and food that cling to your tongue.
- Invest in an electric toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes can keep your teeth, gums and tongue cleaner. Studies have shown that electric toothbrushes are better at removing plaque.
- Visit your dentist for regular checkups to ensure your health issues will be addressed at the earlier time.
If you would like more information about halitosis, contact Berry Hill Dentistry at 516-921-1717 today. Or visit our website at www.berryhilldentistrypc.com for additional information.
Berry Hill Dentistry proudly serves Syosset, NY and all surrounding areas.