Overcoming Bad Breath

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Halitosis, more commonly known as bad breath, can happen to any of us. Most often, it’s an easy situation to handle. Either it’s tied directly to what we just ate—garlic, for instance—or it’s just a matter of needing to up our teeth cleaning game. There are times, however, when halitosis has more complex roots. In these situations, a targeted approach can be necessary to freshen up that bad breath. For instance, a visit to the dentist for a Tulsa teeth cleaning.

If your bad breath is a result of food that you ate, then no worries, it should clear up within a day. Until then, brushing your teeth, using mouthwash, or chewing on some sugarless gum can all help to mask it. Keep in mind that these remedies don’t address the causes of bad breath.

With many instances of halitosis, the fault lies in our at-home dental practices. When we don’t brush and floss often enough or thoroughly enough, bacteria builds up in our mouths and contributes to bad breath and other oral health complications. If you experience bad breath and you aren’t brushing and flossing twice a day, then it’s time to start. These problems can also occur if you have dentures and aren’t cleaning them properly. After getting into this recommended routine, you should quickly notice the quality of your breath improving.

Certain health complications can also cause halitosis. Gum disease is a common one. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, occurs when enough plaque develops on your teeth. The bacteria within the plaque release toxins that eat away at your teeth and cause inflammation in the gums.

If your breath smells unpleasant, and your gums feel puffy and swollen and bleed easily; then you might be experiencing signs of gum disease. If this happens to you, then there are two things you should do right away. Schedule a Tulsa teeth cleaning appointment with the dentist and alter your teeth brushing routine to give your gums more time with the brush. Brush them gently, but also thoroughly; getting as much of the surface area of your gums as you can.

Cavities are another common oral health problem that can lead to halitosis. A cavity is an infection inside of your tooth that is caused by bacterial buildup. Dealing with these also requires scheduling a Tulsa teeth cleaning, but if the infection is severe enough, it may need more extensive work to return your mouth to good health.  Such work may involve getting a filling for the affected tooth, or possibly getting it removed, depending on the severity of the cavity.

Many factors influence the quality of our breath, but most of them are within our influence. Keep your mouth moist and clean, don’t eat stinky food, and you should be able to maintain excellent breath. You may take medications that contribute to halitosis, and in that case, you may want to keep sugarless gum on hand to mitigate it—do not stop taking medications without first consulting the prescribing doctor.

Take care of those teeth, and don’t forget to schedule a Tulsa teeth cleaning at least twice a year.