Bad Breath Treatment
Have you ever found yourself in the position of indulging in spicy food at a party? Unless you happened to have had a pack of breath mints on hand, chances are, that situation made you rather uncomfortable. In fact, you probably spent half the night covering your mouth as you spoke, or, at the very least, thinking about your breath and wondering exactly how much of it everyone else was able to smell.
As unpleasant as these circumstances might have been, some people out there who walk around conscious of their bad breath all the time. Unfortunately, these folks can’t simply blame their bad breath on things such as curry sauce or garlic bread. Even more regrettably, when it comes to masking perpetually bad breath, a series of breath mints isn’t necessarily going to cut it.
Fortunately, those suffering from constant bad breath can often seek treatment at their local dental practices. Dr. Stuart Levy is a dentist with offices in Medford, New Jersey, and over the years, he has treated his fair share of patients with this rather embarrassing condition. According to Dr. Levy, people tend to have bad breath for the same reason that they tend to have cavities, gum disease, and a host of related oral health issues — unhealthy bacteria inside the mouth. When bacteria are allowed to remain in the mouth for extended periods of time (whether it’s as the result of constantly munching on sugary sweets or improper brushing habits), they can eventually seep their way in and cause a world of mouth-related trouble, including perpetual bad breath.
Another thing to realize is that some people have food impaction sites due to the shapes of their mouths and teeth. When food gets trapped inside the mouth for extended periods of time, it can cause harmful bacteria to create problems. For this reason, it’s important for people to floss regularly. While plenty of people are able to maintain decent teeth-brushing habits, many still seem to resist the notion of incorporating flossing into their standard dental routines.
One additional thing to recognize is that when it comes to bad breath, oftentimes, it’s not your teeth, but your tongue that’s to blame. Unhealthy oral bacteria can easily make their way towards the back part of your tongue, which, incidentally, many people don’t tend to brush. The nature of the tongue is such that it is textured and therefore does an excellent job of trapping bacteria. So in many cases, bad breath treatment can be a simple matter of properly cleaning one’s tongue by simply brushing it along with the teeth. There is also a nifty little device on the market called a tongue sweeper. By running it from the back of your tongue towards the front, you can remove all of that gunk that your tongue tends to store, and in doing so, potentially eliminate your primary source of bad breath. If the idea of using a tongue sweeper sounds unpleasant, then consider the alternative — most people would agree that a little extra time spent on oral cleansing is a better option than walking around with bad breath.
If you’ve been suffering with perpetually bad breath for far too long, then it’s time to visit your dentist so that he can determine the cause of the problem and attempt to fix it. While some underlying medical conditions can cause bad breath, it is often the case that oral issues or poor oral habits are to blame. After all, bad breath can come with far too many social ramifications for comfort. Instead of shying away from public gatherings or feeling self-conscious whenever you open your mouth to speak, give your dentist an opportunity to help. Remember, you deserve to walk around feeling confident in yourself. By getting rid of your bad breath, you’ll be opening a door to a whole new outlook and a whole new you.
*Disclaimer: The information on this website is not intended to substitute for the medical expertise and advice of your healthcare provider. We encourage you to discuss any decisions about treatment or care with an appropriate healthcare provider.