Treatments for Bad Breath
Bad breath can have a number of causes, but it is often related to uncontrolled growth of oral bacteria. Overpopulation of these bacteria causes release of sulfur compounds that may drive other people away. Daily brushing and flossing and biannual visits to our Torrance dentist
help control oral bacteria, but patients can also help improve their breath by using the following treatments.
Chewing Sugar-Free Gum
Saliva helps control oral bacteria growth, and chewing gum boosts saliva production. By choosing sugar-free gum, patients can also avoid feeding their bacteria with sugar. Some patients may want to avoid excessive use of gums containing sugar alcohols, which can cause digestive discomfort.
Vegetables help control bad breath thanks to their fiber content, which stimulates salivary flow and scrubs the teeth as patients chew. Some vegetables, such as cucumber and parsley, also have direct actions on these bacteria and can be used fresh for more effectiveness.
Mouthwash is often flavored with breath-freshening mint, but the antibacterial action provided by many products also curtails growth of bad oral bacteria. Patients who experience burning sensations when they use mouthwash can dilute it with water and still get some antibacterial benefits. For the best results, patients should swish with mouthwash for at least 30 seconds.
Sugar-laden soft drinks and undiluted fruit juices feed the bacteria that cause bad breath, and choosing water as an alternative can help wash away these bacteria and stimulate production of saliva. Drinking water regularly is especially important for patients who experience dry mouth due to medications or health conditions.
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