Ever since television was invented, there have been commercials about bad breath. Bad breath, or halitosis has been problem for as long as people have been standing next to one another. It’s embarrassing, and awkward but you can do something about it.
What causes bad breath? It can be any number of things. Bacteria, dry mouth, gum disease, and tobacco use all contribute to bad breath. And whatever you may have had for breakfast, lunch or dinner can cause that certain smell. There are some medical conditions that contribute to bad breath, but for the most part, halitosis is avoidable.
A good start to winning the battle of the breath is to have an examination and consultation with Dr. Chris Lindsey at CEL DDS in Palo Alto, California. Dr. Lindsey will be able to tell you if you have any dental issues causing bad breath, and can recommend the right treatments for you.
You can do your part by brushing and flossing regularly, giving up tobacco use of any kind, cleaning your dentures if you wear them, and by cleaning your tongue daily with a toothbrush or tongue scraper. Another helpful tip is to eat foods that require you to chew, like apples. Sugar-free gum or hard candy are also useful. These things keep the saliva flowing in your mouth which can help wash away the bacteria that can contribute to bad breath. Using mouthwash is fine, since some of brands can help kill the bacteria, but it will only cover up bad breath for a while.
In the end, however, keeping a clean mouth a regularly visiting your dentist are the best ways to prevent bad breath. During a checkup, Dr. Lindsey can check for conditions that cause bad breath, and start treating you for them. To make an appointment, call us today at 650-327-3770.