If you’re feeling self-conscious about your bad breath, it might be time to get some help. It can be more than just embarrassing; bad breath may indicate a serious health issue. If your bad breath is persistent, schedule a visit at Naperville Dental Specialists. We’ll determine the underlying cause and put you on the path to fresh breath.
Banishing Bad Breath
Most cases of bad breath are caused by bacteria in the mouth. Therefore, the first step in identifying the reason for chronic bad breath, also called halitosis, is doing a thorough, professional cleaning. After one of our licensed dental hygienists gets your smile sparkling, a dentist will meet with you to determine if you have an underlying medical or dental condition. If we rule out a health issue, the best solution is conscientious homecare. This means daily brushing and flossing and may even include some specialized products that neutralize volatile sulfur compounds, which are the odor-causing agents. Your hygienist or dentist can recommend the most effective products to eliminate the problem.
A Word on Breath Mints and Gum
A lot of people try to address their bad breath with breath mints. However, most commercially available mints contain sugar. So while they might temporarily mask the odor, the sugar causes the bacteria in your mouth to multiply and within minutes, your breath will be worse than it was before the mint. If you just can’t give up the mints, browse the dental hygiene section of your pharmacy to find quality mints with odor-fighting ingredients in them.
Sugarless gum, on the other hand, does help improve bad breath. Chewing gum stimulates the flow of saliva and your spit helps attack oral bacteria.
Don’t be Sidelined by Bad Breath
Americans spend $10 billion a year on products like gum, mints and mouthwashes to fight bad breath.
85% of cases of bad breath have an intraoral cause (i.e., poor oral hygiene, tongue coating or gum disease).
One in Four
It’s estimated that one in four adults in the United States has suffered from chronic bad breath, or halitosis.