How to Deal with Stinky Breath

Bad breath, known as halitosis, results from poor dental hygiene and oral habits, such as the below.

  • Not brushing teeth before going to bed.
  • Consuming food with a strong smell, like garlic/onions.
  • Not brushing teeth after consuming foods.
  • Forgetting to floss.
  • Not using mouthwash.
  • Smoking/chewing tobacco or tobacco products.
  • Poorly fitting dental appliances (dentures, orthodontic appliances)
  • Infections inside the mouth.
  • Sores/ulcers inside the mouth.
  • Dental caries/cavities.
  • Xerostomia (A medical term for extremely dry mouth, which can be due to less production of saliva, from a syndrome, medication, or continuous breathing through the mouth).
  • Infections of the surrounding structures around the mouth (respiratory tract, nose, ear, etc)

Below are measures one can take to prevent bad breath:

  • Practice a good hygiene regime, which means brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste to remove food debris and plaque, especially after eating.
  • Replace your toothbrush every 2 months.
  • Use floss regularly.
  • Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash.
  • Remove dental appliances like dentures at night and clean thoroughly before using the next morning.
  • Limit or stop smoking and chewing tobacco.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Use sugarless chewing gum to stimulate
    saliva production . (This helps wash away food particles and bacteria.)

Last but not least, visit Pineland Dental in Summerville twice a year, to keep your teeth in healthy condition!