Over the past few weeks, we have discussed halitosis, the formal term for bad breath, in-depth here on our blog. Sixty-five percent of Americans have suffered from the embarrassing effects of halitosis at least once in their lives, which can have an adverse effect on social, professional, and personal relationships. There is a silver lining to this national epidemic of bad breath – halitosis is usually caused by bacteria growth on the tongue and visible surface of teeth and not a symptom of a more serious or severe medical or dental condition such as cavities, gum disease, diabetes, and failure of the kidneys or liver. Because the most common treatment for halitosis involves either removing this bacteria or reducing its growth, simple lifestyle changes and a few adjustments to your daily routine are often very effective.
What You Can Do
We love to see your beautiful smile here in our office during your regular dental checkups, and we hope you promptly schedule an appointment when you are experiencing pain or another issue with your teeth and gums. Yet we also understand that a trip to the dentist likely isn’t one of your favorite activities. Luckily, you can often avoid extra trips to the dentist, expensive and invasive professional treatments, or harsh medicines when treating halitosis. If you regularly consume “smelly” foods such as cheese, onions, or garlic, reduce or eliminate them from your regular diet. Cutting back on coffee, tea, and sodas can also help, but if you absolutely can’t do without your morning coffee, rinse out your mouth afterwards. Finally, if you typically suffer from dry mouth, moderately increase your consumption of water, chew sugarless gum, and reduce your consumption of alcohol.
If you would like a complimentary consult at Weisbard Dental, we are located in Greenwood Village and may be reached at 303.773.3373.