We always take the time to get to know our patients at the Bellingham dental office. We understand that in order to most effectively treat our patients, we must first understand their lives. When adult patients suffering from bad breath visit our office, we examine their teeth and gums for signs of decay. We then evaluate changes in their lifestyles and routines which will give us insight as to the causes of the bad breath.
Maintaining a proper dental hygiene routine is vitally important to a patient’s oral health. Be sure to brush and floss at least twice a day to minimize plaque and tartar. Mouthwash is a great addition for patients who routinely suffer from bad breath. Mouthwash will temporally freshen breath as it kills bacteria that may have been missed from brushing and flossing.
Increased stress is a major lifestyle issue for patients suffering from bad breath. When our bodies are under stress, saliva production is actually reduced. Saliva helps to neutralize harmful acid and bacteria as it remineralizes dental enamel. These actions are extremely important for fresh breath.
Dehydration and skipping meals are other factors that contribute to bad breath. Many patients notice that if they do not drink enough water and regularly skip meals that their breath will start to feel and smell stale. Again, this is due to decreased saliva production. When we don’t properly hydrate and nourish ourselves, we don’t have sufficient saliva to neutralize odorous bacteria.
Bad breath is very inconvenient, but the good news is that it does not have to be inevitable! Maintaining a regular schedule of both personal and professional dental cleanings, along with proper lifestyle choices, will ensure that patients will overcome bad breath! For more information about battling bad breath or to schedule a consultation with our Bellingham Dentist, please give us a call, or feel free to schedule online.
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