Are people taking two steps back when they’re talking to you? You might have bad breath. At our Kelowna dental clinic, we often hear from patients wondering what they can do about this common oral problem.
The good news is there are several simple cures for bad breath (AKA ‘halitosis’), that are inexpensive and good for your overall health. First, you need to figure out what’s causing you to have bad breath.
What causes bad breath?
Foods. Garlic and onions, the obvious offenders, can affect your breath long after your meal and even brushing because these foods and their odours circulate in your bloodstream and lungs for hours.
General health problems and medications. Acid reflux, chronic bronchitis, liver disease, and diabetes can affect your breath.
Poor oral health. Cavities, gum disease, dentures, and food trapped between teeth or in your tonsils are the leading causes of bad breath. A visit to your Kelowna dentist can help you rule out any of these potential causes of your bad breath.
What are some cures for bad breath?
Brush well, brush often. Brushing your teeth at least three times a day, especially after meals, is the simplest and most effective way to ensure you have fresh breath. Brushing your teeth and tongue will help you get rid of food stuck between teeth and bacteria-filled plaque.
Drink water. Water helps your mouth rinse away food particles if you can’t brush your teeth, it keeps dry mouth and bad breath bacteria at bay, and it dilutes the strong smells of foods such as onions and garlic.
Visit your dentist. A professional cleaning at your Kelowna dental centre scrapes away built-up plaque that regular brushing and flossing can’t take care of. While you’re there, your dentist will be able to spot signs of gum disease, cracked cavities, and other oral health problems that might be causing your bad breath.
Eat certain foods and avoid others. So garlic and onions are out. What foods can actually make your breath fresh? As we mentioned in our What to Eat for Healthy Teeth article, Yogurt kills bacteria, apples and carrots increase saliva production to keep your mouth moist and scrape plaque, and a range of herbs (parsley, spearmint, rosemary, eucalyptus, and tarragon) are great natural weapons to combat bad breath.
Now that you know how to get rid of bad breath, why not make your smile white as well as healthy? Check out our post on teeth whitening options at your Kelowna dental clinic.
Whether you’re visiting us for cosmetic or general dentistry, we provide a comfortable experience with results that will last. Contact us to book an appointment today!
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