February 3, 2014
Though it happens to us all at one point or another, bad breath is always embarrassing when it hits. Whether it’s a problem you only deal with after eating certain foods or you’ve noticed that it’s a common occurrence, you want to know how to address it as soon as possible. At Resnick & Rosenfeld in Edison, NJ, our expert team of dentists and hygienists wants to give you the tools you need to banish bad breath once and for all.
Find the Cause, Find the Treatment
For some people, chronic bad breath can signify an underlying health concern that must be assessed by a medical professional. Certain patients with liver problems, for example, may experience an unpleasant odor and taste in their mouth when their liver is unable to sufficiently eliminate toxins in the body. If, however, you know that your bad breath is not caused by a medical issue, there are certain things you can do to keep it at bay. Try the following:
- Use a tongue scraper. Bacteria tends to accumulate on the tongue, especially in the back near your throat, even when you brush and floss regularly. A tongue scraper can effectively remove the bacterial plaque that hides between your taste buds to quell bad breath.
- Swish with antibacterial mouthwash every time you brush. This not only helps to kill bacteria that are currently present in your mouth, but may help to defend your teeth and soft tissues from future buildup.
- Chew sugar-free gums and breath mints. While these only mask the problem of bad breath temporarily, they can help keep you out of embarrassing social situations until you’ve had a chance to address the root problem.
- Avoid problem foods. Foods like onion, garlic and dairy products are notorious for causing an undesirable odor in the moist environment of the mouth.
If chronic bad breath has caused you social embarrassment one too many times and you’re ready to make a positive change in your life, contact us at our Edison, NJ to see how Drs. Resnick and Rosenfeld can help you. We also proudly serve the areas of Scotch Plains, Colonia, Plainfield, Clark, Westfield and beyond.
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