Bad breath, also called halitosis, can be an embarrassing and unpleasant problem. For some people, this issue may become chronic. Are you suffering from persistent halitosis? If so, here are some things you can do about it.
You may be surprised to learn that sinus allergies can contribute to chronic halitosis. Postnasal drip is one of the possible causes of unpleasant breath. If you are suffering from allergies and halitosis concurrently, seeking treatment for the allergies may help mitigate both problems.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
Oral hygiene is one of the most important factors in treating halitosis. To help ensure good oral hygiene, try to:
You should brush your teeth at least twice daily. Use the toothbrush and toothpaste recommended by your dentist, and try to always follow proper technique. If you are not sure how to brush correctly, a dentist or hygienist can demonstrate for you.
Floss your teeth at least once every day. If you have braces, bridges or other similar dental work, use an interdental brush or a floss threader to keep those clean as well.
When it comes to oral hygiene, many people forget about their tongues. An insufficiently cleaned tongue may contribute to bad breath, however. Try to use a tongue scraper daily.
Optimal oral hygiene is not possible without the assistance of a dentist and hygienist. Try to get your teeth checked and cleaned every six months.
Seek Dental Care
Good oral hygiene is important. Some dental problems, however, may make it very difficult to keep your mouth as clean as it should be. If you have crooked teeth, decay or old dental work that is damaged, you will likely not be able to resolve halitosis on your own. Visit a dentist to get your teeth straightened, filled and repaired in any ways that are necessary.
Halitosis can be a deeply uncomfortable situation. Your bad breath may make you feel embarrassed and self-conscious. With good oral hygiene and the help of a dentist, you may be able to resolve the situation.
The practice’s primary dentist, Dr. Catherine Dulay Lichtenstein, began practicing dentistry in 2009. While getting her dental degree she was awarded the Dr. William Starek Award for outstanding achievement in endodontics and the Dr. Donald McElroy Endodontic award for extra work in endodontics and professional behavior. With her knowledge and experience, Dr. Catherine Dulay Lichtenstein, and the entire dental staff are dedicated to providing high-quality dental care to patients of all ages. The dental office is equipped with the most up-to-date dental equipment and staffed with experienced dental professionals in order to help your children learn the importance of proper dental hygiene. Call us today for a free consultation (215) 874-0888.