Bad breath is embarrassing to deal with. It's bad enough to have to tell a friend or loved one that they have bad breath; however, it's even worse if you are the one being told you have it! Now you feel self-conscious and wonder what you can do to eliminate this problem before your next one-on-one meeting at work. Your dentist in Irvine, CA has some ideas on how to combat your halitosis (bad breath).
Good Oral Hygiene Habits
Brushing your teeth at least twice per day and flossing at least once using proper techniques can do a lot to eliminate bad breath. You might consider bringing a toothbrush and dental floss to work with you so you can brush after lunch as well. Then you can enjoy your lunch hour, and you don't have to worry about that garlic in your pasta or the onion on your sandwich.
Adding an antibacterial mouth rinse to your hygiene routine can also help to eliminate bad breath and protect against cavities. Ask your dentist which one might be right for your needs.
Brush Your Tongue
Did you know that bacteria can build up in the grooves of your tongue and contribute to bad breath? Gently brush your tongue during your normal routine, or use a tongue scraper to remove that hidden bacteria and freshen your breath.
Drink Plenty of Water
A condition known as "dry mouth," where your mouth doesn't produce enough saliva throughout the day, can also be a contributing factor to halitosis. Drinking water will keep your mouth and body hydrated, as well as help to wash away excess food particles that could be lingering in your mouth after meals.
Contact Your Dentist
If you are doing everything you can to eliminate your bad breath with little or no success, it is time to contact your dentist for an examination. Chronic bad breath is one of the early signs of gum disease, and you may be suffering from gingivitis.
Dr. Jeffrey C. Robertson and his team are well-equipped to help you whether you might be facing gum disease or you need more advice on eliminating bad breath. Give us a call today to discuss your concerns or to schedule your next visit.