If you have bad breath, chances are good that someone close to you has mentioned it. Bad breath can be more than just embarrassing – it can indicate a serious health issue. If you have persistent bad breath you should begin with a visit to Naperville Dental Specialists so we can help you determine the cause.
Most cases of bad breath are caused by bacteria in the mouth, and so the first step in identifying the cause of chronic bad breath is to schedule a cleaning with one of our hygienists.
When you have had a thorough cleaning, and ruled out underlying medical conditions, conscientious home care is the best solution to bad breath. This includes daily brushing AND flossing, and may include some specialized products that neutralize the odor causing agents, volatile sulfur compounds. Ask Dr. LaVacca or one of our hygienists which products we recommend to help.
About Breath Mints and Gum
Many people try to address their bad breath issue with breath mints. Most commercially available mints contain sugar, and while they may temporarily mask your bad breath, the sugar causes the bacteria in your mouth to multiply, so within minutes your breath will be worse than it was before the mint. If you simply must have mints, look in the dental hygiene section of the pharmacy to find quality mints with odor fighting chemicals in them.
Gum, on the other hand, often helps improve bad breath. Chewing gum stimulates the flow of saliva, which helps attack oral bacteria.
If chronic bad breath is an issue, Make an Appointment with us today. We can help!