Face to face communication is an integral part of our social atmosphere and engaging in talks over wine and cheese with friends or sitting in on a meeting with our co-workers is part of our everyday lives. But what happens when your bad breath starts to interfere in these day to day exchanges? When your confidence takes a nosedive and you no longer feel comfortable speaking with others? In addition to feeling embarrassed and possibly anxious in social situations, bad breath may have underlying health concerns such as dietary implications. So what can you do if you feel like your breath is leading you into avoidable embarrassing situations? Read on and let Strathcona Dental help you overcome your bad breath causes.
There are many factors that can lead to bad breath which can include poor dental health, unhealthy eating choices, smoking or chewing tobacco and other underlying health issues such as a lung infection or liver failure. 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.
What can you do to help with bad breath?
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. Also, be sure to replace your 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 dental visits 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 request an appointment online. Don’t delay, your mouth will thank you.