We get it: nobody likes to have halitosis, also known as bad breath. What's more, because you generally cannot smell your own breath, you might suffer from chronic halitosis for a long time before you even realize it is an issue. So, what can you do if you have halitosis? The good news is, you have a number of options.
First, Determine the Problem
There are a number of things that can contribute to halitosis. Some of them are minor and easily fixed: a mouth that is too dry can be fixed by drinking more water throughout the day, a minor infection can be addressed rather easily, and so on.
Still, not every cause of halitosis is so easily addressed. If you have advanced gum disease, for example, it is going to take a lot more than a few sips of water or an antibiotic. So the first thing you should do is figure out what is causing your halitosis. If you don't know, feel free to reach out to us, and we can help you to evaluate the situation.
Fixing Common Sources of Halitosis
The good news is that, in most cases, halitosis can be easily managed. As noted above, a very common source of halitosis is simply a mouth that is too dry. A normal, healthy mouth has a constant supply of saliva. The saliva washes away food particles and bacteria that cause bad breath. So, if your mouth is too dry, the bad breath will be fixed simply by increasing your fluid intake.
In addition, regardless of the source of your bad breath, consider using a good mouth rinse. A quality rinse will help clean and disinfect your mouth, reducing the levels of bacteria that cause bad breath. This, in addition to regular brushing and flossing, will address most of the common causes of halitosis.