We’ve all been there. Conversations with people either at work, at school or even during our regular morning commute, can sometimes bring on a most uncomfortable situation. We don’t want to shy away from speaking with our family or friends in fear of them commenting on your bad breath. Or maybe you don’t want to be the one who has to point out someone else’s bad breath. Let’s face it, face to face communication is an integral part of our social atmosphere. Engaging in talks over wine or a board meeting is crucial in our everyday lives. So what can you do if you feel like your breath is leading you into avoidable embarrassing situations? The answer is simple. Good oral hygiene.
There are many factors that can lead to bad breath, which can include, poor dental health, unhealthy eating choices, smoking or chewing tabacoo and other underlying health issues. Persistent bad breath can also be a warning sign of gum (periodontal) disease. Gum disease is caused by buildup of plaque on your teeth which left untreated can damage the gums and jawbone.
The best way to prevent bad breath is to practice good oral hygiene. Be consistent in brushing twice a day to remove food debris and plaque. Be sure to replace you toothbrush every 2-3 months or after an illness as bacteria can linger for long amounts of time on your toothbrush. Stay away from sugary and carbonated foods and drinks. Floss everyday to get in between those hard to reach places in your mouth. Quitting smoking will also benefit not just your breath but your overall health. Seek professional health if needed. And lastly, see your dentist. Regular checkups along with good oral hygiene at home will keep your mouth feeling minty fresh. Our staff here at Strathcona Dental Works in Calgary, Alberta will help in answering any questions you may have in helping you steer clear of those embarrassing face to face chats. Call our office today at 403-242-200 or request an appointment online now!