Dentistry Year-in-Review: Halitosis Treatments & Prevention

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If you ever suffered from halitosis before, you understand how debilitating it can be in your life. Halitosis, also known as bad breath, can frequently return despite the best treatment efforts. This is often because the cause of the bad breath is from bacteria that emanate deep in your mouth or even within your body. However, advanced treatments beyond fresh breath cleaners can be used to help assist your smile.

Saliva flow is crucial for effective oral health care and bad breath treatments because saliva can help neutralize acids and has disease-fighting substances within it. Be sure to focus on a diet that features watery and crunchy foods and try chewing sugarless gum after meals. As an alternative, speak with your dentist about the use of artificial saliva.

If you wish to care for and treat your bad breath, there are several options at your disposal. Most importantly, you should always build up an effective oral health care routine to keep your mouth clear of plaque buildup and food residue. This includes using mouthwash to help eliminate the bacteria and brushing and flossing every day. The ADA suggests that your brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once per day. Furthermore, it is important to always keep your tongue clean as well, so sanitize it with a toothbrush or a tongue scraper.

Making sure you have effective lifestyle habits includes the elimination of bad habits that can heavily contribute to bad breath, including smoking and chewing tobacco. In addition, make time to visit your dentist for regular check-ups, oral examinations, and six-month professional cleanings.

Now is the best time to visit the dentist office of Harvest Dental for bad breath treatments. Drs. Horsley and Walker at our office in Farmersville, Texas, is here to ensure you receive the ideal care to keep your smile in peak condition. We can be reached by calling us at 469-812-7100.