Whether because of something you ate or drank, bad breath is common for everyone to experience at some point or another. Bacteria live within the mouth and help us break down food particles, and the simple existence of this bacteria can sometimes lead to bad breath. In most cases, brushing and flossing or rinsing with mouthwash is enough to get rid of this bad breath.
Persistent bad breath is another story however. It should be diagnosed and addressed by a dental professional. It is often a sign of poor oral health habits, and may also indicate a larger problem such as a cavity or periodontal disease. Sometimes, bad breath is also caused by medications, poor dietary choices, smoking or using other tobacco products. The best way to evaluate the root cause of the problem and properly addressing it is by visiting Oso Marguerite Dental.
With a thorough evaluation, we can help you to discover the reasons behind your bad breath and formulate an effective treatment plan to eliminate or reduce it. When caught early, something as simple as a hygiene visit and teeth cleaning may be enough to address the problem. Kiss your bad breath goodbye by calling Oso Marguerite Dental and scheduling your appointment today.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best way to fight bad breath?
The best way to keep your breath smelling fresh is by brushing twice a day, flossing daily and visiting Oso Marguerite Dental for appointments at least twice a year. If you wear dentures, it is also important to remove them at night and clean them thoroughly before putting them back in your mouth.
Will gum help with my bad breath?
Chewing gum increases your production of saliva. Saliva naturally washes bacteria from your mouth, and this can help combat bad breath. If you choose to chew gum, make sure it is sugarless as introducing extra sugar in the mouth can create a breeding ground for bacteria, negating any positive effects of chewing gum.
What about mouthwash?
While mouthwash might help you to temporarily get rid of bad breath, most over the counter mouthwashes are not strong enough to permanently combat the problem. Additionally, they are never a replacement for brushing, flossing and dental visits. If you are considering using a mouthwash, it is a good idea to discuss this with Oso Marguerite Dental first. In some cases, prescription mouthwash may be advised.
My bad breath is embarrassing. What should I do?
Call Oso Marguerite to schedule an appointment and discuss your concern. There are many causes for bad breath, and getting to the root of your problem is the best way to develop a treatment plan that offers the most permanent solution.