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How many times a day do you pop a piece of gum or a mint? How often do you wonder if your breath smells less than fresh? Do you worry about your breath when you’re talking to a colleague, meeting someone new, or enjoying a romantic moment with your significant other? Bad breath is an embarrassing condition, especially if it’s persistent. Nobody wants to be “that guy” or “that girl” with chronically stinky breath.
Everyone gets bad breath from time to time, but there’s a big difference between the short-term odor you get from ordering the garlic chicken pasta for lunch and the long-term bad breath that signifies an underlying health concern. It goes without saying that you should be brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash twice per day—especially if you suffer from bad breath. But sometimes that doesn’t quite banish it.
Here are four proven remedies for bad breath:
Scrape your tongue. Brushing and flossing remove the odor-causing bacteria from your teeth and gums, but neither address the millions of bacteria and dead cells that coat the surface of your tongue. You can clean your tongue with a toothbrush, but it’s worth a few dollars to purchase a tongue scraper. These handy tools reach the back of the tongue where the foul-smelling bacteria reside.
Drink a green smoothie. Did you know that bad breath can be a result of hunger and dehydration? Banish both with a quick green smoothie. These can be created by pureeing any combination of fruits and veggies, but be sure to add the secret ingredients: Parsley and yogurt. Fresh parsley contains high quantities of chlorophyll, a reliable deodorizer. Yogurt contains live active cultures—beneficial bacteria that helps freshen breath. (If green smoothies sound unappetizing, just eat the ingredients separately.)
Discuss the problem with your dentist. If you’ve been suffering from bad breath that’s unresponsive to a rigorous dental hygiene routine (including tongue-scraping) it’s time to make an appointment with your Overland Park dentist. They will identify the root cause of the problem. Gum disease and tooth decay may be the culprits, and your dentist can help.
See your primary care physician. Most of the time, bad breath is caused by an overgrowth of bacteria inside the mouth. Sometimes it’s a symptom of a different health problem like a sinus infection or diabetes. If you and your Overland Park dentist have determined that your mouth is healthy and clean, you should find out what other underlying issues could be causing your chronic bad breath.
Don’t suffer through the embarrassment and discomfort of chronic bad breath. See Dr. Watts, your Overland Park dentist, twice per year for regular cleanings and checkups. Your dentist will help you ward off dental health issues and teach you the best oral hygiene routine for your lifestyle.
This article brought to you by Watts Family Dental in Overland Park, Kansas. Our friendly office specializes in preventative dental care for the whole family. To make an appointment, please call (913) 338-3384 or click here to fill out our online contact form.