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Treating Bad Breath at Home

Treating Bad Breath at Home
Kevin Cleary

We have all experienced bad breath at one time or another in our lives. Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is often a result of poor dental hygiene. Also, your bad breath can be a sign of an underlying health issue and can be made worse by lifestyle choices and the food you eat. Since halitosis can be a detrimental social issue, how can you treat bad breath between visits to your dentist? HPFY can give you some tips for dealing with this issue in your home every day.

What is the main cause of bad breath?

As we eat, our food begins to break down in our mouth and foods with strong odors such as onions or garlic may linger until the food has completely made its way through your body. Sometimes brushing and flossing only covers up this odor. It’s the daily flossing and brushing that gets food particles out from the nooks and crannies of your mouth that can lead to the growth of bacteria. This can be anywhere in your mouth including your teeth, gums, and even tongue. Lifestyle choices such as smoking or chewing tobacco can negatively affect your breath, not to mention stain your teeth. Poor dental hygiene can lead to periodontal disease which is a product of plaque buildup on the teeth. This causes bacteria to form toxins that can damage your gums and even your jawbone. Also, poorly cleaned ventures can lead to bacteria buildup, not to mention the possibility of yeast infections in your mouth. Yuck!! Another cause of bad breath or halitosis is dry mouth or xerostomia. It turns out saliva is important to the environment in our mouth. Not only does saliva moisten the inside of the mouth, but it neutralizes acids that can be produced by plaque and washes away dead cells on your tongue.


How can I get rid of bad breath?

Regular visits to your dentist can keep your teeth and gums healthy, but what do we do in between those visits every six months or so? Finding solutions that can be part of your everyday hygiene routine can be a lifesaver (no pun intended). It can all start with dental floss or even a dental water jet. Both of these remove food in between our teeth and gums which can promote the growth of bacteria. You can add an antiseptic mouthwash to the water in your water jet for an enhanced cleaning!! Also, we have all heard from our dentist since we were small children that we should brush our teeth after every meal. While this may not be practical during our busy days, it is imperative that we maximize our brushing sessions. Yes, manual toothbrushes can clean your teeth, but using an electric toothbrush that can oscillate faster than our hand can achieve a cleaner mouth. Of course, whenever we brush our teeth we should make sure we use a proper toothpaste in order to make sure we take care of not only our teeth but our gums also.

You should choose a toothpaste that has fluoride for cavities, designed to prevent plaque buildup, and is ADA (American Dental Association) approved. If your teeth are sensitive to cold or hot, check with your dentist to see which type of sensitive toothpaste may be appropriate for you.

Professional cleanings at the dentist are the best way to ensure proper dental hygiene and minimize the possibility of bad breath. Halitosis can be a problem in our personal and professional lives and should be a key focus of our everyday hygiene routine. Create a dental hygiene routine and stick to it in order to smile brightly and eliminate bad breath!!



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HPFY Kevin Cleary

Kevin Cleary

Kevin Cleary has been a Health Products For You contributor for many years and has a degree in marketing. His health and wellness journey has a very personal meaning and has guided him in his content writing for HPFY.

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