Halitosis can lead to intense social anxiety in personal and professional situations. Even if no one else says that your breath smells, the paranoia is bad enough to ruin your day.
To tackle this serious and sensitive matter, you need to first discover the cause of your bad breath so as to treat it at its source.
Here are some of the most common causes of bad breath for our West Haven dental patients, and how they can be remedied.
Here’s (Probably) Why Your Breath Smells
Your breath may have a strange “funk” to it after consuming foods or beverages like coffee, garlic, onions, fish, or dairy products. But those foods don’t typically cause the anxiety-inducing chronic halitosis that you fear.
For some people, bad breath is one of several symptoms that accompany a serious health issue such as a sinus infection or stomach problems.
But the most common cause of bad breath is perhaps the most obvious one: poor oral hygiene.
Yes, slacking off on your tooth-brushing and flossing routine is the most likely cause of your bad breath. Good oral hygiene prevents the spread and growth of bacteria that give off the smelly gases that make your breath stink.
What if you are doing well with your daily brushing and flossing?
There’s a good chance that you’re still missing one critical area…
The Smelliest Spot in Your Mouth
Your tongue is prime real estate for bad breath-causing bacteria. It provides the perfect surface for germs to collect and feed on the food you eat. As the bacterial film grows across the top of your tongue, the germs release gases that mix with the air you exhale.
Cleaning your tongue may be the biggest game changer when it comes to freshening up your breath.
How to Clean Your Tongue
You can simply use a toothbrush to scrub down your tongue twice a day at the same time that you brush your teeth. For a deeper clean, try a tongue scraper or spoon. Scrape your tongue from back to front at least once a day, rinsing off the scraper with each pass. You’ll be amazed at the amount of residue that’s visible with each pass!
For more bad breath solutions, visit West Haven’s dental experts at Shoreline Dental for discreet halitosis treatments.
Help from a West Haven Dentist for Sensitive Teeth
Do you need help identifying the cause of your bad breath? The professionals at Shoreline Dental Care can help you out. Call today to schedule a dental checkup and cleaning at our West Haven dentist office.