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Bad breath is an unpleasant condition that's cause for embarrassment. If you're concerned about bad breath, see your dentist. He or she can help identify the cause and, if it's due to an oral condition, develop a treatment plan to help eliminate it. Regular checkups will allow your dentist to detect any problems such as periodontal disease, a dry mouth or other disorders.
Other dental causes of bad breath include poorly fitting dental appliances, yeast infections of the mouth, and dental cavities. Maintaining good oral hygiene, eliminating periodontal disease and scheduling regular professional cleanings are essential to reducing bad breath.
If you have an extensive buildup of plaque, an invisible layer of bacteria, your dentist may recommend using a special antimicrobial toothpaste or mouth rinse. Antiseptic and antibacterial mouth rinses and toothpastes can be beneficial in reducing plaque and gingivitis and also have breath freshening properties. Instead of simply masking breath odor, some of these products have been demonstrated to kill the germs that cause bad breath.
How Can You Help Prevent Bad Breath?
- Brush and floss twice a day.
- Use a toothbrush to clean your tongue.
- Use mouthwash to kill bacteria.
- Clean your dentures.
- Eat healthy foods that require a lot of chewing.
- Quit smoking.
- Visit your dentist regularly.
Regular dental checkups can prevent many of the causes of bad breath. Contact New Horizons Dental Center at 703-955-4221 to schedule an appointment.