Getting to know our patients is priority one for us here at our Bellingham dental office. We want to treat our patients will the best possible care, and in order to do that effectively, we must understand the issues surrounding their lives. If a patient comes in complaining of bad breath, we look at all the factors that may be contributing to the problem, including tooth or gum decay, and any changes in routine or lifestyle that may inadvertently lead to bad breath.
First and foremost, it is essential that you adhere to your daily dental hygiene regimen. Be sure to brush and floss at least twice a day to prohibit plaque and tartar build-up. If bad breath is a chronic problem for you, adding mouthwash to your routine may help. Mouthwash will help kill bacteria that brushing and flossing may have missed, and it will temporarily freshen your breath as well.
Next, it is important to consider what, if any, lifestyle issues are affecting your breath. Stress can be detrimental to oral health and contribute to bad breath. When under stress, your body can actually impede saliva production, which is not good. Saliva is very necessary for fresh breath, helping to neutralize acid and bacteria, and it remineralizes dental enamel.
Another lifestyle issue regarding reduced saliva production is dehydration. If you are regularly dehydrated or skipping meals, you will not have the adequate saliva production needed to neutralize odorous bacteria. As a result, your breath may begin to feel and smell stale.
Bad breath does not have to problem for you. Combining consistent personal and professional oral hygiene standards with healthy lifestyle choices can keep bad breath at bay. For more information or to schedule a consultation with our Bellingham dentist, please call our office, or schedule online.
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