We all have bad breath from time to time. Whether it’s your morning coffee, a spicy meal, or an underlying issue, bad breath (also known as halitosis) is an embarrassing problem that can interfere with your social and professional interactions. The good news is that you don’t have to live with it or try to cover it up with gum or sugary breath mints (which can increase your risk of tooth decay).
Whether your bad breath is caused by lifestyle factors like your diet or an underlying medical issue, there are steps you can take to neutralize bad breath. At A New Smile CC our team of dentists in Santa Clarita, California, offer comprehensive dental services for beautiful smiles and lasting oral health.
Occasional bouts of bad breath are normal and are usually caused by food, coffee, smoking, or drinking. You might wake up with a bitter or strange taste in your mouth and notice that some of the things you ingested are showing up on your breath. This is especially true if you forgot to brush and floss before going to bed, which allows bacteria to build up between your teeth and on your tongue.
Persistent bad breath can also be a sign of oral health problems like gum disease. In some cases, chronic bad breath is a sign of a respiratory condition like sinusitis, bronchitis, or a gastrointestinal issue.
Here are some of the proactive steps you can take to make sure you don’t get bad breath:
Brushing your teeth after every meal will not only keep your breath nice and fresh and prevent bacteria from burrowing between your teeth and gums, it will also lower your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Floss can reach places that a toothbrush can’t, so it’s important to add flossing to your daily oral hygiene routine as well. If you find that you’re too tired or forget to floss before bed, keep in mind that the actual time of day isn’t as important as keeping a consistent routine, so flossing in the morning or after lunch is just as good!
That film that covers your tongue can also lead to bad breath, so make sure that you’re gently cleaning your tongue every day as part of your oral hygiene routine.
As a rule of thumb, most people are advised to schedule a checkup and dental cleaning every six months to a year. At your appointment, our dentists will perform a comprehensive exam and look for signs of gum disease or other oral health problems. The sooner you treat dental issues, the less likely they are to cause long term damage - and bad breath.
Tobacco use increases the risk of oral health problems like bad breath.
Water does a body good and the same is true for your teeth. It helps to keep you hydrated and prevent dry mouth and rinse food particles away from your teeth.
Alcohol will give you bad breath and cause dehydration and dry mouth, as well as affect your health if you drink in excess. Drinking in moderation and staying hydrated will help to keep the bad breath at bay, and lower your risk of experiencing some other negative side effects of drinking alcohol.
If the saliva isn’t flowing you may experience dry mouth, which can lead to bacteria build-up and ultimately bad breath. In addition to staying hydrated, sugarless candies and mints can help keep your mouth feeling fresh between meals.
You already know that limiting sugary snacks and drinks is important for your oral health. But eating crunchy fruits and veggies like apples and broccoli can also protect your teeth from plaque buildup.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends replacing a toothbrush every three to four months or as soon as the bristles start to bend or fray.
Regular trips to the dentist for preventive care are important for maintaining your oral health - and fighting bad breath! Contact A New Smile CC to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists today! Call 661-251-0480 or book your appointment online.