Does it seem that no matter how many breath mints you crunch on throughout the day or how many packs of mint gum you go through in a week, your breath still smells stale and unpleasant, as if you had a chronic case of morning breath? Unfortunately, many people with halitosis (the clinical term for bad breath) rely on mints, gums, and mouthwash to freshen their breath without understanding that a serious oral or general health issue may be responsible.
Taking the appropriate steps to treat your bad breath depends on knowing what’s causing the problem. A few common causes of bad breath include:
After avoiding or minimizing problematic foods and drinks, practicing regular, careful dental hygiene is your next step to enjoying fresher breath. Floss every evening before bed to remove food and plaque trapped between teeth and brush at least two times a day to remove plaque and food at the gum line. Use a separate tongue scraper (or the tongue scraper on the back of your toothbrush head) to slough away any bacteria or cells clinging to your tongue’s surface. You may also need to follow up with your dentist for gum disease therapy or with your physician for treatment of any underlying general health problems.
At Snow Park Dental, Dr. Miller provides the preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental care you need to help you enjoy optimal oral health and a beautiful smile. Contact us today at (505) 596-4479 to schedule a consultation or appointment at our Albuquerque dentist’s office. We proudly serve families from Rio Rancho, Corrales, Edgewood, Tijeras, Los Lunas, and surrounding communities.
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