Due to the “rest and digest” process that occurs during sleep, it is common for a person to have bad breath in the morning. Those who experience this may automatically cover their mouth when they are facing their bed partners when waking up due to embarrassment. Imagine having the problem as a recurring issue that cannot be easily remedied!
Bad breath or medically referred to as halitosis is a common condition experienced by 80 million people according to the Academy of General Dentistry. For the issue to be successfully cured, we at South Florida Laser Dentistry would first need to determine the primary source of the problem. It is an essential step to provide the appropriate treatment for our patients. Some of the causes of halitosis are poor dental hygiene practices, bad habits, consumption of pungent foods, xerostomia (dry mouth), infections, certain medications, gum disease, and more.
If you think that consuming breath mints can eliminate bad breath, you are mistaken. Mentholated candy can only mask the odor, but as soon as its effect fades, the unpleasant smell returns.
It is highly advised for people who suffer from chronic bad breath to observe regular dental checkups (preferably every six months) and consider scaling and root planing for deep oral cleanings. Aside from these, there are other things they should consider to keep their breath fresh at all times.
To reduce or prevent bad breath, here is a list of to-do’s a patient can easily follow:
- The easiest and most effective prevention: brushing twice a day, flossing at least once, and rinsing regularly. These practices can accurately get rid of factors like plaque, bacteria, and acids that can potentially cause the mouth to emit a foul odor.
- If you are wearing a removable appliance in the mouth, make sure to observe its thorough cleaning for it can also be home to harmful substances.
- The teeth are not the only place in the mouth where bacteria and plaque can gather but the tongue as well. When brushing, it is best to include the tongue. Investing in a scraper also works best.
- Make sure to stay hydrated. Plain water acts as a natural cleanser for the mouth and also promotes sufficient saliva production. Saliva is necessary for moistening the mouth and washing off particles left in the areas that are not easily reached when brushing.
- Replacing the toothbrush every three to four months is recommended to keep it fully functional and free from germs that aggravate bad breath.
For more inquiries about Halitosis Treatment in Tamarac, FL, call us at South Florida Laser Dentistry. You can visit us at 8201 North Pine Island Road, Suite B, Tamarac, FL 33321.