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Struggle with Bad Breath? These might help!

CDC has shared updated masking guidance for fully vaccinated people and Washington State will fully adopt the updates.

But now, some of us might have a slight problem - bad breath!

No worries, here are a few ways it can be treated and prevented!

What is bad breath?

Bad breath is also known as halitosis, is a very common dental issue that many experience. Bad breath can be embarrassing and can even create awkwardness for social interactions. Nonetheless, it can also indicate some more serious health concerns if it is strong and persistent!

The most common causes of Bad Breath

  • Poor dental hygiene

  • Tooth decay

  • Oral bacteria

  • Gum disease

  • Smoking/ using tobacco products

  • Dry mouth

  • Triggered by certain foods/ beverages

  • Sinus infections, tonsillitis, respiratory issues, diabetes

  • Underlying conditions affecting the digestive system/ lungs

Treatments for bad breath

Antiseptic mouthwash reduces oral bacteria/germs that lead to bad breath and gum disease. It can also help to prevent infection by inhibiting plaque from building around the teeth.

Whether it is tooth decay or underlying conditions, it is important to address the main causes. Finding out the root causes is key, by identifying the contributing factors, it's easier to tackle the issues and treat them.

Prevention for bad breath

Proper dental hygiene

Taking good care of your oral hygiene will help manage bad breath. Be sure to brush and floss your teeth twice a day, as for maximum prevention, brushing and flossing after every meal will provide the best result.

Stay hydrated

Keeping up with your H2O intake can help to keep your breath fresh as it minimizes food/ beverages odor. Consistent water consumption can also prevent dry mouth.

Avoid certain food/ beverage that trigger bad breath

Food such as garlic/ onions/ certain seafood/ strong flavor: smokey, sour, or spicy cuisine; beverages such as alcoholic beverages and coffee can contribute to bad breath. Knowing which food/ beverage might trigger bad breath for you and avoid those items for prevention. If you enjoy consuming those food/ beverages, be sure to floss, rinse, and brush thoroughly after consumption.

Quit using tobacco products

Any type of tobacco product can lead to bad breath, they also tremendously harm your overall wellbeing. This is a great reason to quit using tobacco products.

Ultimately, the best way to get rid of bad breath is to maintain a healthy lifestyle, keep up a good dental/oral care routine, and see your dentist every 6 months. Are you ready to freshen up your breath? Call/email us to set up an appointment and visit us at Ideal Smiles Bellevue today!

Your friendly family and cosmetic dentist in Bellevue, WA.

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