Dealing With Bad Breath

Halitosis, or bad breath, can be one of the most embarrassing conditions to deal with in your life.  It can make you feel dirty, self-conscious, and unable to interact interpersonally because you fear that others will judge you by your breath.  Although some forms of halitosis can be easily held in control through coping techniques, others will require dental intervention to solve.  At the first sign of an ongoing halitosis problem that you cannot easily keep under control on your own, you should consult with your dental practitioner to begin looking for deeper issues that only they may be able to solve.

There are a variety of coping techniques that you can use to keep minor forms of halitosis in check.  First, ensure that you always brush and floss thoroughly after each and every meal.  Some cases of halitosis are simply caused by food that is not removed from your mouth fast enough.  Second, use mouthwash regularly.  Ensure that you choose a type of mouthwash that kills germs instead of merely providing taste.  Third, chew dental gum regularly.  This can help to continue cleaning your teeth long after the last time you brushed and flossed.  Avoid gum that has a large sugar content, however.  Finally, avoid foods that may have a very strong taste or smell.  Even after you brush, floss, rinse and chew, some foods can leave behind a residue that causes embarrassing bad breath for long amounts of time.

In addition to those coping techniques, there is one other important step that you can take to eliminate halitosis from your life.  By drinking large quantities of water and staying fully hydrated at all times, many cases of bad breath can be eliminated before they even start.  When you start to become dehydrated, or drink a lot of sugared or caffeinated beverages to the exclusion of water, your mouth can become a breeding ground for germs, which can then in turn cause continuing bad breath.  Stop this problem before it starts and drink at least eight eight-ounce glasses of water every day.

When you cannot control your halitosis on your own, visit your dentist to look for underlying causes.  These can include gum decay, cavities, or other oral issues that may be causing your bad breath. Your dentist can work quickly and efficiently to solve your underlying issues so that your dental health can be improved and your bad breath can be eliminated.