If you have ever caught a whiff of your breath and found that it needed a little freshening up, you are not alone. Many adult patients come to our O’Fallon dentist office because they cannot defeat chronic bad breath—they need help!
Luckily, our dental team is here to help patients achieve, and then keep, fresh breath. In order to get long-lasting results, our dental team works to correct the root causes of bad breath, rather than just masking the odor with additional supplemental products. Let’s learn more about what this means for you.
It all starts with a comprehensive dental evaluation…
Because the number one cause of chronic bad breath is dental infection and disease, our dental team will start your treatment by analyzing your mouth. Any existing cavities and gum disease will cause your breath to feel and smell stale.
If our dentist identifies dental problems, restorative dentistry treatments will be necessary to restore a base level of health to your mouth. Then, once your mouth is in tip-top shape, you can take simple steps to keep your breath feeling and smelling clean during the day.
· Avoid sugary candies and gum to freshen breath—rinse your mouth with water or mouth rinse instead
· Drink plenty of water—when you are well hydrated, your body is able to produce sufficient saliva to neutralize odorous bacteria
· Remember to brush and floss as recommended by your dentist!
· Snack on some crunchy carrots or celery—both of these veggies are high in water content and textured enough to scrape plaque off of dental surfaces
The key to long-lasting fresh breath is to forgo products that mask the smell, and instead focus on conquering bad breath at its root cause. Our O’Fallon dentist office is here to help you on this journey—so contact our dental team to get started!