Tips for Getting Rid of Bad Breath
Posted by LAKEVIEW DENTAL CLINIC on Dec 15 2021, 03:17 AM
Bad breath or halitosis can be worrisome and may affect your overall confidence. While temporary fixes such as mints, chewing gum, or mouthwash can take care of bad breath, they do not solve the underlying problem.
In this article, our team at Lakeview Dental Clinic in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, talks about bad breath, possible causes, and how to reduce its effects.
Why Does Bad Breath Occur?
Bad breath can be a consequence of poor oral hygiene, lifestyle habits, dental or overall health problems, or certain food items such as:
- Garlic, onion, etc.
- Improper brushing and flossing of teeth
- Gum disease
- Untreated cavities
- Smoking and alcohol consumption
- Dry mouth
- Lactose intolerance
- Common cold
- Sinus inflammation
- Kidney or liver disease
- Acid reflux
What Are the Signs of Bad Breath?
Bad breath is an unpleasant or sour taste in the mouth. It can also be accompanied by a dry mouth (xerostomia) and changes in the appearance of your tongue.
How to Prevent Bad Breath
The following tips can be helpful when bad breath is the result of poor oral hygiene:
- Brush, floss, and use mouth rinse -Brush twice a day to prevent plaque buildup and floss once a day. Antibacterial mint or chlorhexidine mouthwash can also help eliminate the bacteria in your mouth.
- Get a gum disease screening -See your dentist for a dental checkup to determine whether the bad breath is caused by gum disease.
The following home remedies can also be used to prevent bad breath:
- Drink plenty of water - Staying hydrated helps prevent a dry mouth.
- Oil pulling -Take a tablespoon of sesame or coconut oil and swish it for 10-15 minutes in the mouth. This solution helps prevent gum disease and bad breath.
- Chew Herbs -Fennel seeds and cloves have antibacterial properties that fight off bad odors. After your meals, chew on sprigs of fresh parsley, mint, or basil to prevent bad breath.
- Natural Mouthwash -Take a cup of water and add one teaspoon of baking soda and a few drops of natural peppermint essential oil. Rinse your mouth with this natural mouthwash for 30 seconds to one minute.
Your bad bread may also be caused by conditions like uncontrolled diabetes or kidney or liver disease. In such cases, it’s best to consult your doctor.
For more information on how to get rid of bad breath, contact Lakeview Dental Clinic at (208) 664-0884 or visit us at 801 Milwaukee Dr., Coeur D'Alene, ID 83814.