Masking the Scent May Make Matters Worse
Unfortunately, many people skip their dental hygiene practices because they are short on time. As a result, they may opt to consuming chewing gum, mints or even opt for a quick swish of mouthwash to rectify the behavior. Those devices will only temporarily mask the foul scent and can eventually make the problem worse.
Some of those dental care products are filled with both sugars and alcohol, the two culprits known for feeding oral bacteria. While the artificial mint scent may briefly cover the stench, the products may ultimately leave trace elements of sugars behind, once again fueling an oral bacteria-feeding frenzy.
Those suffering from chronic bad breath can first try to combat the issue affordable at home by instituting the daily preventative dentistry practice of brushing twice a day and flossing once daily to remove the high levels of dental plaque associated with the condition. Some dentist recommended tips to get the most out of the practice include:
- Floss at night after brushing and before bedtime.
- Follow up flossing sessions by rinsing with clean, fresh water.
- Use 18" of floss per session to allow for enough floss so a fresh piece can be used for every tooth space.
- Flossing is a two handed job. Individuals should wrap about six inches of floss around their middle finger, using the thumb to keep it in place. Once in that position, the floss should be held and straighten by manipulating both the thumb and pointer finger of the opposite hand.
- The thread should be gently maneuvered both back and forth between teeth and slowly moved from the gum line up the sides of teeth to remove the greatest amount of plaque possible.
If despite your best flossing and dental hygiene efforts, your mouth still smells as if a baby squirrel has died inside, then getting a professional dental exam from a dentist is a must. During this process a dentist will have a dental hygienist professionally remove any dental plaque or tartar deposited on teeth. Aside from a great cleaning, a dentist will also X-ray a mouth and provide a thorough, physical examination to check for the medical reasons for chronic bad breath including cavities, gum disease, yeast infections or dry mouth. Only after the true cause of the issue has been determined will a dentist recommend any other dental treatments to combat the issue.
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