No one wants to walk into a social situation only to realize they are dealing with less-than-fresh breath, but the reality is that this occurs from time to time. The problem really becomes concerning when bad breath is chronic and difficult to treat. In these cases, patients are usually dealing with bad breath due to bacterial build-up in their mouths.
The most important thing to do when chronic bad breath develops, is to seek treatment from your dentist for any existing oral health problems, like cavities and gum disease. On top of that, you can incorporate some simple habits into your daily routine to keep your mouth feeling fresher.
Take A Look At Your Snacking
Every time that you eat something, or drink something other than water, oral bacteria stay active and feeding for about 20 to 30 minutes after you’re done. We want to minimize the amount of time that oral bacteria are thriving. So, it is better for your smile for you to snack at sip at specific, time-limited periods of the day, rather than continuously.
Get into the habit of rinsing your smile with water after every meal and snack. This achieves a couple of objectives. First of all, it clears away dental debris, food particles, and plaque. At the same time, it jump-starts saliva production in your mouth; saliva is an integral component of a healthy smile.
Try kicking off your day with a full water bottle, and sipping from it on a regular basis. If you’re trying to beat bad breath, then it is crucial that you stay hydrated. Patients who suffer from dry mouth experience increased rates of halitosis, because they don’t have enough saliva to keep oral bacteria in check.
Our Glendale dentists can help you perfect your daily routine so that you can maintain a fresh and healthy smile. The best way to get started is to give our office a call, or to use the Contact Us page on our website. We look forward to speaking with you!