Bad Breath? Here's What You Need to Know
If you’ve been told you have bad breath, once you recovered from the embarrassment of it, you probably have wondered what to do about it.
First you should take a trip to your dentists in Lafayette, LA, Drs. Smith and Domingue, to determine if there is something serious going on. Gum disease can often present as bad breath that just won’t go away—regardless of how many times you brush or how much mouthwash you use.
Once you’ve ruled out gum disease or another oral health issue, here are three steps you can take to make sure your breath is more fresh than foul.
How to Avoid Bad Breath
There are things you can do every day to keep bad breath at bay:
- Brush after eating. This might seem like a no-brainer, but since the recommendation is to brush twice per day, most people probably do not brush—let alone floss—after each meal. But keeping food trapped between teeth for hours can certainly contribute to bad breath.
- Drink a lot of water throughout the day. Caffeinated beverages such as coffee, tea, and soda can actually make you dehydrated. Some medications can also have the same effect. Letting your mouth get dry means there is less saliva to wash away food and other particles from your teeth. The longer they sit there, the more they can contribute to bad breath.
- Brush your tongue when you brush your teeth. Bacteria can collect on your tongue—particularly at the back of your tongue—and cause odors.
Talk to Your Dentist about Bad Breath
It’s always a good idea to make sure your bad breath is not a sign of a serious dental problem. Make an appointment with your Layfayette, LA dentists Drs. Smith and Domingue today!