Many people express a desire to improve the appearance of their smile with cosmetic dental treatment. In our Succasunna office, we’ve got several techniques that can achieve the ideal shade, proportions, and condition of teeth. However, it must be said that bad breath can instantly downgrade a great smile. Discussion of bad breath is not ordinary dinner conversation, nor is it something most people like to talk about at all. In some cases, bad breath may occur without one’s awareness. Here, we want to point out a few of the reasons why bad breath may develop and what can be done to address this problem so your smile can sit center-stage.
Bad Breath May Come From
- Foods and beverages. We don’t just mean onions and garlic; what we eat affects our body, including the condition of the mouth. For instance, foods and drinks that are acidic can promote bacterial activity, ultimately leading to bad breath. Acidity may also increase as a result of processed foods and the sugar residue they leave behind.
- Poor hygiene. Brushing and flossing are the two best things you can do for your teeth and your breath. They should not be skipped. Brushing and flossing daily can promote fresh breath by removing the plaque and bacteria that deposit odorous sulfur-compounds. For additional effectiveness, add gentle tongue-scraping with an appropriate tool to your daily practice.
- Dry mouth. Saliva flow is necessary to break apart foods, dilute sugar residue, and prevent excessive oral acidity. Dry mouth is a chronic condition that may stem from a health problem, medication, smoking, and even from snoring. The effects of dry mouth can be offset by sipping water frequently and chewing xylitol gum.
Fixing Bad Breath
Bad breath is not something you can cover up with mouthwash. In fact, if your mouthwash contains alcohol, which many do, the drying effects of that ingredient could be making the problem worse. To remedy bad breath, it is necessary to eliminate as much plaque and bacteria as possible. A great starting point to achieve this is in our office. A thorough dental cleaning removes buildup from around teeth and under the gums, eliminating the sulfuric waste deposited by bacteria.