Remedies for bad breath

man brushing his teeth for good dental hygieneStart with a dental checkup to rule out these dental health problems that cause bad breath

  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontitis
  • Plaque buildup
  • Tooth decay

Ask us to personalize a dental hygiene plan based on the condition of your mouth. For better breath, this can include

  • Timed brushing of teeth in each quadrant of your mouth at least twice/day
  • Daily flossing
  • Rinsing with an American Dental Association-approved mouth wash
  • Gargling with salt water
  • Scraping your tongue
  • Replacing your tooth brush every 3 months
  • Having a dental exam and cleaning every 6 months

Try these natural remedies

  • Drink at least 8 cups of water each day
  • If you can’t brush your teeth after a meal, finish with a crunchy celery stick or apple slice OR rinse your mouth out with water OR chew some sugar-free gum, preferably a minty flavor
  • Avoid alcohol, the allium family (chives, garlic, onions, shallots), coffee, smoking, stinky cheeses and foods like liverwurst
  • Chew on basil, mint, or parsley or mint
  • Use an alcohol-free mouth wash
  • Review your medications with your dentist or physician—some can cause dry mouth, a leading cause of bad breath

If your problem with halitosis persists, consult your family doctor to make sure you are not also dealing with an underlying disease like

  • Acid reflux
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney failure
  • Lung disease
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep apnea

Get started with a dental checkup by calling our office at 610-942-3321.

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