None of us are immune to morning breath, but if you’re noticing persistent bad breath, halitosis may be to blame. And, unfortunately, normal brushing, dental floss, and mouthwash may not get rid of medically smelly breath. However, halitosis diagnosed by a skilled dentist during a cleaning and prevention appointment is the best way to combat mouth odor and avoid embarrassment and anxiety.
Drs. Stuart and Nick Winter know that chronic bad breath can be an isolating condition. That’s why they expertly examine your dental history and oral health at every oral exam. By locating the cause of halitosis, they help their patients prevent bad breath, control bad breath, and even eliminate bad breath.
If you’re ready to determine the causes of bad breath and seek treatment, then call Winter Dental at 303-424-4567 or contact us online. We’ll reestablish your dental health so you can start living life fearlessly again.
The American Dental Association calls halitosis a chronic condition that is unusually resistant to good oral hygiene habits. This means that only a qualified professional–such as a dentist or family doctor–can diagnose and treat the condition.
Bad breath is a relatively common condition, as it affects nearly 25% of people globally. Many things can cause bad breath, such as:
- Periodontal disease–also known as gum disease
- Tooth decay
- Poor oral hygiene
- Dry mouth caused by decreased saliva flowing through the mouth
- The use of tobacco-based products
- Gastrointestinal issues, such as gastric reflux
- Certain medications, such as antihistamines
- Breathing through the mouth
- Chronic diseases, such as kidney disease
- Food particles stuck in the teeth that feed odor-causing bacteria
- Poorly maintained dental appliances
Essentially, the mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria that cause bad breath, but there are many things you can do to prevent it.
Whether it’s caused by dry mouth, cavities, gum disease, or tobacco products, visiting a dentist regularly can help get rid of bad breath. However, there are several other ways you can keep your mouth healthy to avoid bad breath, such as:
- Practice good oral hygiene. So, brush your teeth at least twice a day and use proper flossing techniques.
- Scrape dead cells from the back of the tongue using a tongue scraper.
- Keep your mouth moist by drinking plenty of water and chewing sugarless gum.
- Keep your gum tissue healthy by treating gum conditions, like periodontal disease.
- Eating healthy foods and avoiding bacteria-breeding sugary foods and beverages (like orange juice!).
- Avoid tobacco products (even chewing tobacco-based products!).
- Home remedies, such as eating parsley, mint, and yogurt.
- Thoroughly clean oral appliances, such as a mouth guard, a retainer, or dentures.
Even avoiding certain foods, chewing sugar-free gum, and regular brushing may not be enough to fix an unpleasant smell of oral origin. To fix chronic bad breath, medically reviewed and researched intervention may be necessary, such as:
- Avoiding dry mouth by using artificial saliva products–like carboxymethylcellulose–to help you produce enough saliva.
- Using prescription-strength antibacterial mouthwash and toothpaste recommended by dentists and family physicians alike.
Nevertheless, scheduling regular follow-up appointments with a dentist to assess your dental health is the best way to prevent and knockout bad breath.
Don’t let halitosis leave a bad taste in your mouth–schedule an appointment with our dedicated and talented Winter Dental team today. We’re ready to help you regain your confidence and reclaim your life. Call 303-424-4567 or book online now.