How to Prevent Bad Breath

By Steven Kail on June 09, 2013

bad breath, dental hygiene, tooth decay, gum diseaseBad breath can be very embarrassing. If you're out with friends or trying to make a good first impression, it can really leave you feeling self-conscious. What some people don't realize is that bad breath might be the sign of a major dental health issue or a major general health problem.

When you meet with a Jackson cosmetic dentist to discuss bad breath management, you'll get a lot of detailed answers about what to consider for treatment and prevention. We'd like to take a few moments right now to go over the basics of bad breath and how it's treated.

What causes bad breath?

There are many different causes of bad breath, including:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Certain foods and beverages
  • Tobacco products
  • Oral and respiratory infections
  • Certain medications
  • Nose and throat problems
  • Other systemic diseases

Our restorative and cosmetic dentists in Jackson, Bells, and Brownsville will be sure to examine you thoroughly to ensure that the cause of your bad breath is addressed and that you receive the best possible treatment.

Are there foods and substances to avoid?

Both garlic and onions are pretty notorious for causing bad breath, so you may want to consider avoiding those foods, or at least being wary of them prior to a social situation or gathering.

Tobacco products are especially bad when it comes to bad breath, which is just another reason to quit. The same goes for alcoholic beverages, which can dry the mouth and cause pungent odors in the process.

Dental Hygiene Tips

In order to prevent bad breath, good oral hygiene and regular general dental care are a must. Be sure to brush and floss after every meal to remove food particles from your mouth. It's also imperative that you visit your dentist twice a year for regular check-ups.

One thing that we recommend to patients is cleaning the tongue since a lot of bacteria can reside there. This can be done with a toothbrush and toothpaste or with a tongue scraper.

Other Basic Ways to Prevent Bad Breath

One common reason that bad breath occurs is dry mouth. It's a good idea to keep well hydrated through the day and to keep a glass or bottle of water with you in case you're feeling a little parched. Be sure to hydrate with water, which is good for you and helps remove food particles as well. Juices and sodas an actually contribute to bad breath because of the sugar.

For masking bad breath, mints or chewing gum are a fine idea. We recommend sugar-free mints and gums for the best results since those won't contribute to tooth decay.

Addressing Dental and General Health Problems

We mentioned that bad breath can be the sign of general health problems, which is why bad breath needs to be taken very seriously. Be sure to meet with our Jackson restorative dentistry or your general practitioner if you or a loved one notes persistent/chronic bad breath. Getting this problem looked at might be more helpful than you realize.

Schedule a Consultation for Advanced Dental Care Treatment

For more information about how to avoid bad breath and achieve the best possible dental health in the process, be sure to contact our dentists in Bells, Jackson, and Brownsville today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you make the best possible decisions about your dental health.

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