We all deal with bad breath occasionally, especially after we consume something with garlic, onion, meats, heavily spiced foods, dairy, and sugars. This kind of malodorous breath usually dissipates on its own and isn’t something to be overly concerned about.
On the other hand, chronic bad breath that is difficult to treat may be a sign of oral health problems. The same bacteria that create cavities and gum disease create unpleasant odors.
So, if you notice that are frequently dealing with bad breath, you may need to:
- Treat existing oral health conditions
If you have already developed cavities or gum disease, these infections will likely need to be treated in order for you to notice an improvement in your breath.
- Update your at-home oral hygiene routine
Using specifically formulated toothpastes or mouth rinses can help you neutralize more bacteria and clear away plaque. You also want to make sure that you are using an effective toothbrush—remember the ADA recommends that you replace your toothbrush every three to four months.
- Increase water consumption
Dry mouth indicates a lack of saliva in your mouth, and chronic dry mouth is linked to bad breath. Oral bacteria are able to thrive when saliva is depleted. That is why it can be so impactful for you to increase the amount of water you are drinking, and rinse your mouth with water throughout the day.
- Take a look at your diet
There are certain types of foods and drinks that bacteria absolutely love to use for fuel. Consume sugars, refined carbohydrates, and acidic substances in moderation. It is especially important to refrain from sipping and snacking continuously, as this allows oral bacteria to remain active 24/7.
Treating halitosis is often about improving and restoring your overall dental wellness. Our Elmhurst dentists are here to answer questions you may have, and to help you schedule your personal consultation with our team.