19Mar

Take Control Of Chronic Bad Breath With Help From Our Medford Dentists

by Dr. Vareldzis

If you find that are you are regularly struggling to freshen odorous or stale breath, it might be time to create a treatment plan specifically designed to fight bad breath. Our Medford dentists are here to help you do this; we’re here to give you some suggestions on how to beat bad breath for good. And, remember, we can give you more personalized recommendations when you come in for your personal consultation.

Treat existing infections

Oral bacteria create unpleasant odors when they feed on sugars and grow. So, as you would imagine, if you have an overgrowth of bacteria in your mouth, you’re likely to notice bad breath.

Treating existing infections, like cavities and gum disease will simultaneously neutralize bad breath.

Take a look at your diet

There are certain foods and drinks that can lead to bad breath. Obviously, for some odorous foods, like garlic and onions, these results are temporary. There are other substances, however, that affect your breath in a more long-term way. Sugary foods and beverages, for example, give bacteria the fuel they need to thrive. The more you are able to limit these indulgences, the better it is for your oral health and your breath. The same goes for acidic substances, as these make it easier for bacteria to take root in teeth and gums.

Incorporate healthy oral hygiene habits into your routine

As you look for ways to freshen your breath throughout the day, consider adopting some of these sound oral hygiene habits to keep stinky plaque at bay:

  • Rinse your mouth after eating or drinking anything other than water
  • Drink plenty of water, so as to support saliva production
  • Look for sugar-free gums and mints to freshen breath, as sugar-rich formulas can actually compound the problem

With a combination of diligent at-home care and professional cleanings, you can take control of malodorous breath for good. Please don’t hesitate to contact our Medford dentists to learn more!