Sometimes, bad breath is temporary and intermittent, like after eating garlic or onions, or drinking coffee or alcohol. At other times, bad breath is indicative of underlying health problems, like dental cavities, gum disease, or a bacterial imbalance in your gut. These pre-conditions may cause halitosis.
Halitosis is the emanation of a foul odor from the mouth, caused by buildup of sulphide producing bacteria. This condition is not a medical emergency, but 25% to 30% of the world suffer with this embarrassing problem.
While your Ballwin family dentist is happy to help with chronic bad breath – especially if it may indicate other dental concerns- there may be some home remedies that could clear the problem up for you.
How to Prevent Bad Breath
Try ideas like these:
The healthy, “good” bacteria in your mouth that fights disease, helps digestion and doesn’t give you bad breath likes a moist environment. Keep yourself hydrated to keep this good bacteria happy and thriving. You might even consider swishing water around in your mouth like mouthwash. This is especially helpful to freshen “morning breath,” after you’ve gone for a whole night without hydrating.
Brush After Every Meal
Your Ballwin cosmetic dentist would recommend this for freshening your breath, AND livening your smile. It will quickly eliminate the severest of foul smelling food buildup, and protect your teeth from harmful compounds.
Replace Your Toothbrush
The harmful bacteria that wants control of your body can be found anywhere – especially on your old toothbrush. No matter how well you wash it, once you’ve used a toothbrush enough, it will begin storing bacteria and pathogens of all kinds. You should replace your toothbrush approximately every two months, and even more frequently if it quickly frays or discolors.
Chew Lemon or Orange Rind
The rind is the thin, colorful bit of the peel, separate from the bitter white membrane beneath. First, the rind tastes good. Second, the citric acid stimulates your salivary glands, which fight bad breath. Third, there are additional health benefits associated with orange rinds.
Chew Cloves, Fennel Seeds, or Star Anise
These spices are naturally antiseptic, so they kill off the bad bacteria that cause halitosis. Plus, like orange and lemon rinds, they taste good!
Lastly, if you are still worried about chronic bad breath, please come visit Dr. Postol! Dr Postol is happy to help with any issue, no matter how severe or mild, to help you gain the self-confidence you deserve and feel more comfortable with your mouth. Schedule an an appointment today!