If you are looking to treat any symptoms of halitosis that may be occurring, it is important to determine first what is causing it. Halitosis, also known as bad breath, can often result from poor oral hygiene or can be a sign of underlying health conditions. In addition, bad breath can arise due to the foods and drinks you consume as well as the presence of unhealthy lifestyle choices.
If you wish to care for and treat your bad breath, there are numerous options at your disposal. Most importantly, you should always implement an effective oral health care routine to keep your mouth clear of plaque buildup and food residue. This includes using mouthwash to help kill the bacteria and brushing and flossing daily. It is recommended to brush at least twice a day and floss at least once per day. In addition, it is important to always keep your tongue clean as well, so clean it with a toothbrush or a tongue scraper.
Saliva flow is essential for effective oral health care. This is because saliva can help neutralize acids and has disease-fighting substances within it. Always focus on a diet that features watery and crunchy foods and consider chewing sugarless gum after meals. Your dentist can also offer artificial saliva.
Make sure you have effective lifestyle habits including the removal of smoking and chewing tobacco, which can heavily contribute to bad breath. Furthermore, always visit your dentist for routine check-ups, oral examinations, and bi-annual professional cleaning.
Come in and see for yourself the beauty of a smile free of bad breath from the office of Truxtun Family Dentistry. To book an appointment with Dr. Peter D Kim and our team at our dentist office in Bakersfield, California, call us at 661-327-7497, and a member of our team will gladly assist you.