Updated: Feb 16
Did you know that 1 in 4 people have bad breath on a regular basis? Not just the occasional “I ate too much garlic” bad breath but a condition known as halitosis.
1 in 4 people have bad breath on a regular basis
Halitosis is a clear indicator of underlying issues. Most common are tooth decay, poor oral health, dehydration, smoking and periodontal disease (gum disease). There are several things that you can do to prevent and treat halitosis.
Speak With Your Dentist
Don’t be embarrassed. It’s why we are here! If you feel your breath is offensive on a regular basis please let us know. Let’s talk about it. During your check-up we’ll look for obvious indicators of bad breath but also investigate whether there are underlying issues at hand. Tooth decay can be “fixed” but more serious issues will need to be treated as well.
Practice Good At-Home Dental Care
We really can’t emphasize enough the importance of taking care of your oral health at home between dental visits. Proper at-home oral hygiene includes:
Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and optimally after each meal.
Flossing your teeth the proper way at least twice a day.
Use of appropriate mouthwash.
Maintaining your visits to the dentist every six months.
Yes! Bad breath can be a result of dehydration. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day does a body good. ALL of your body including your mouth. And, we mean WATER. Not alcohol. Not caffeine. Not soft drinks. Good, old-fashioned water is your best bet to stay hydrated.
Bad breath can be a result of dehydration.
Once the source of your halitosis is discovered, we will prescribe a treatment plan. That could be as simple as amping up your at-home oral health care, adding in tools such as tongue scrapers or more targeted types of toothpastes and mouthwashes. If the source of your halitosis is of a more serious nature we will provide you with as much information as you need to learn more about prevention and treatment. The more you know, the better equipped you are.
With much of the population donning masks, bad breath has become more prevalent. We highly suggest to our patients that you clean your masks frequently. A dirty mask or old mask can exacerbate bad breath.
Our goal at Serenity Dental Studio is to ensure your oral health is the best it can be. We need you, however, to do your part at home. We have an amazing team of dental hygienists that can answer any questions you have or help you be sure you are performing your oral health regimen at home the RIGHT way.
About Serenity Dental Studio: We are the leading dental studio serving Gulf Shores Alabama and the surrounding area. Our staff provides a calm and serene environment for our patients enabling them to relax and allow us to restore their love for their smile.
Our team of general dentists, specialists, and hygienists work together to create a superior dental team that will help you look and feel your best.
If you’re searching for a dental practice in Gulf Shores AL, we’d love to meet you!
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