Few things can make you as self-conscious as bad breath. You may try to speak out of the corner of your mouth or try to keep your distance from people. Unfortunately, such behavior may make you seem awkward or rude. Wouldn’t it be better not to have to worry? But what causes bad breath? And what can you do to prevent it? Dr. Deborha Staten answers these questions and more as she tackles bad breath below.
What Causes Bad Breath?
The simplest answer to this question is bacteria in the mouth. An illness can also be the cause of short-term breath problems, but for the most part, the culprit of bad breath is bacteria. Thus bacteria removal should be the main focus of any attempt to freshen breath.
Homecare is absolutely vital to bacteria removal. Be sure to brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day. Angle the bristles of your toothbrush toward the gum line and give each tooth specific attention with small, circular motions. Also, don’t forget to brush your tongue, which can be a hidden home for bacteria.
In addition to brushing, be sure that you floss your teeth as well. Floss once a day to remove any bacteria that could be lingering between teeth. Lastly, be sure to attend regular dental visits, so that any stubborn, bacteria-ridden plaque can be removed.
Breath Solutions that May Not Work
Breath mints and gum may actually contribute to bad breath instead of improving it. Both often contain sugar, which feeds rather than removes bacteria. Instead of mints and gums, consider water instead. Water can help keep your mouth generating saliva, which kills some bacteria.
Schedule a Visit with Dr. Staten
Regular dental visits can turn the tide in the battle against bacteria. If it has been more than six months since your last dental visit, you are due for a checkup. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Staten today by calling 702-736-7979.