Phoenix Dentist Helps Patients to Achieve Fresh Breath

Knowing that your breath is fresh and clean is necessary for your self-confidence. When you are talking with a friend or in a group of peers, you don’t want to be insecure about potential bad breath.

Bad breath, or halitosis, may be a temporary condition that resolves itself after complete digestion, or it may be an indication of more serious oral and physical health conditions, such as gum disease. The most common culprits for bad breath include:

  • Strong foods or spices, such as garlic, onion, or fish
  • Smoking or tobacco use of any kind
  • Excess bacteria in between teeth or on the tongue
  • Deep pockets in the tonsils, called crypts, sometimes collect a smelly substance that causes bad breath
  • Gastroesophageal reflux, called GERD, or other gastrointestinal problems
  • Low-carbohydrate diets

Dr. Frost and our dental team at Biltmore Dental Center in Phoenix, Arizona, want our patients to enjoy their lives to the fullest, with optimal oral health and fresh breath. Some simple tips to prevent bad breath include:

  • See your dentist regularly to prevent or detect changes in the mouth that can cause bad breath
  • Brush twice a day and after each meal if possible. Address each tooth individually and remember to brush your tongue to remove bacteria
  • Floss gently between teeth to remove plaque and food particles
  • Fluoride mouth rinses or antimicrobial mouthwashes can help to maintain fresher breath
  • Drink water to hydrate the mouth, prevent dry mouth, and rinse food particles
  • Talk to your doctor about treatment for gastrointestinal problems or sinus conditions that can cause bad breath. Chronic halitosis may also be a sign of infection, diabetes, kidney or liver problems, or bronchitis
  • Certain foods such as parsley, celery, and yogurt are thought to have breath-freshening attributes
  • Sugar-free gums or mints can help to keep your mouth hydrated and freshen breath

For your freshest breath and healthiest smile, see our family-friendly professionals at Biltmore Dental Center, located in Phoenix at 4202 North 32nd Street. We provide a comprehensive menu of family, emergency, cosmetic, restorative, and sedation dentistry, as well as treatment for gum disease, root canal, and alignment concerns. Call us today at (602) 704-0659.