More people are taking care of the cosmetic aspects of their smile today. This may include using whitening toothpaste or visiting the dentist for some cosmetic treatment. The popularity of cosmetic dentistry demonstrates the strong desire we have to make a good first impression. The appearance of the smile is, in fact, one of the primary aspects of a good impression. When we smile and speak to others, we don’t want that great first impression to run straight into a wall of bad breath.
Do you ever feel concerned about bad breath? Is this a problem that you face more frequently lately? There are a few common explanations for chronic bad breath. Let’s take a look at them here.
One of the primary causes of halitosis, or chronic bad breath, is an accumulation of bacteria in the mouth. This can happen relatively quickly even if you brush your teeth every morning and every night. The sticky biofilm of saliva, food debris, and bacteria that we call plaque begins to adhere to the gums and teeth over a few short hours after brushing. This is why there are specific guidelines for oral care, including:
- A full two-minute brushing routine every morning and every night before bed.
- Flossing before bed inhibits bacterial activity overnight.
- Antibacterial mouthwash freshens the breath and helps maintain a healthy mouth.
- Tongue-scraping is crucial to the fight against odor since bacteria like to accumulate on the back of the tongue. Brushing does not substitute for scraping with an appropriate instrument.
If routine hygiene improvements do not resolve odorous breath, there may be a need for restorative dental treatment. Any form of infection in the mouth, including a cavity or gingivitis, can manifest as bad breath. Early dental treatment may do wonders for the breath, and also save you from a potentially painful or ongoing dental issue.
Men and women who wear dentures have an increased risk for chronic bad breath. This happens for two reasons. One is that the fit of dentures changes progressively over time as bone resorption occurs. Any amount of looseness between the denture and the gums and bacteria can accumulate on the underside of fixtures. Keep dentures in good condition with daily cleaning and routine relining. Further, improve the fit of dentures by securing them onto dental implants.
We would love to see you and help you maintain fresh breath and a healthy smile. Call 973-328-1225.