How can I prevent bad breath?

Bad breath can be a serious problem in both business and personal relationships. Patients who deal with bad breath, also known as halitosis, might feel self-conscious about it, which can impact their overall happiness. With the help of a dental professional, many patients in the area of Ardmore, PA can not only treat halitosis but work to keep from developing in the first place!

What causes bad breath?

Halitosis may develop situationally or chronically. Below are a few reasons why patients may experience bad breath:

  • Consumption of foods and beverages such as coffee and garlic
  • Trapped particles of food in-between teeth from poor oral health habits
  • Bacteria present on the tongue
  • Postnasal drip occurring due to a cold or allergy
  • Dry mouth/poor saliva flow
  • Conditions such as acid reflux

Treatment of bad breath

Once Dr. Lindsey Marshall determines the cause of bad breath, treatment can then be discussed. If poor oral health habits are the reason for halitosis, education is the solution. We can teach patients the best ways to brush and floss their teeth to reduce the risk of developing bad breath. Additionally, we may recommend the use of special mouthwashes or toothpastes that may improve the smell of their breath. Patients are always advised to staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water each day. If patients continue to experience problems such as dry mouth that may contribute to their breath, they may be encouraged to chew sugar-free gum to help in stimulating their saliva flow and also mask the odor.

How can I avoid bad breath?

  • Keep saliva flowing with sugar-free gum
  • Drink plenty of water to keep the body hydrated and to wash away food particles
  • Brush and floss as directed by the dentist
  • Avoid highly-scented foods and beverages
  • Speak to our dentist about treatment options

Schedule time with Dr. Lindsey Marshall to learn about ways of managing and even avoiding halitosis

If bad breath is separating you from others and causing you to feel self-conscious, we encourage you to take the time to learn about ways of addressing halitosis. We work directly with patients, both new and current! Call our office at (610) 649-0696 today to schedule a visit at our facility.

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