We’ve all had a conversation with someone whose breath is less than fresh, and we’ve all hoped that it wasn’t us with the stinky mouth. Unfortunately, everyone will have a malodor on their breath at some point, no matter how hard we try to avoid it.
The good news is that our Richardson office is here to help! With this, and other blog posts about bad breath, we hope to give you tips to figure out why and when your breath might smell, and what you can do about it. As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Goad.
Do I Have Bad Breath?
It can be really difficult to figure out if your breath is fresh or not. There are a number of little tricks you can try, but they aren’t very accurate in the long run. The best way really is to ask someone close to you.
It may seem scary to ask someone about your breath, but isn’t it better to know and work to fix it, then to not know and always wonder?
Causes of Bad Breath
Dry Mouth. If you’ve read our posts about dry mouth, you’ll know that this is the number one cause of bad breath. Saliva cleans your mouth as it circulates, getting rid of odor-causing bacteria. Our Richardson team has many ways to help with dry mouth, but the immediate solution is simple: drink more water!
Food. Everyone knows that onions and garlic make breath have a distinctive odor and this may not be exactly what you’re going for on your big, romantic night. Try bringing a toothbrush and toothpaste with you on your big date so that you can clean your teeth discreetly after you finish dinner.
Tobacco. Whether it’s smoking or chewing, tobacco interferes with your natural saliva production and very quickly leads to bad breath. Try staying away from tobacco during your date, or brushing your teeth as quickly as possible when you are finished.
Fixing Bad Breath
You’ve heard us say it before, and we’re going to say it again: the best way to maintain the beauty and health of your teeth is a consistent oral hygiene routine. If you have any questions, check out our oral hygiene page.
Chronic Bad Breath
If bad breath is a consistent problem for you or one of your loved ones, it could be an indication of a more serious health issue. Please be sure to mention it to Dr. Goad, either at your next appointment or by calling us with your concerns. Our Richardson office is always here to help you!