Bad breath can put a crimp in your love-life, your social life, and even make your co-workers avoid sitting close to you. This is no way to live. Halitosis can give the wrong impression that you don’t take care of yourself. It can be extremely frustrating when you’re popping gum and mints at every turn, and yet people still cringe when you lean in for a conspiratorial conversation. For some people, bad breath is not a simple matter of good oral hygiene. If halitosis is a consistent problem for you, your Sheridan dentist, Dr. Donald Coon, might have some solutions.
Is Your Mouth Too Dry?
Dry mouth is an oral health issue that is more prevalent with the elderly. However, certain medical conditions and/or prescription medications can make this a struggle for people of any age. Each prescription you take has varying side effects. Many medications can lead to insufficient saliva production. Saliva serves the imperative function of keeping your mouth hydrated, as well as rinsing away food particles throughout the day and night. Ample saliva makes it much more difficult for bacteria to produce plaque because there is less acid and food debris to work with. Healthy salivary glands will keep your mouth pH balanced so that you can maintain breath that is not offensive.
Preventive Efforts for Good Breath
If saliva production is your quandary, the solution may be as simple as switching medications or drinking more water. There are also various mouthrinses and dietary changes that might help ramp up production. Beyond that, your bad breath could be a simple case of bacteria congregating on your tongue. Consider adding a tongue scraper to your regular oral hygiene routine. You may also be able to gain headway in battling bad breath by simply brushing your tongue along with your teeth. Occasionally, the foul odor of halitosis can be a result of cavities, gum disease, and periodontitis (advanced gum disease). A thorough dental checkup with Dr. Coon can uncover the issues that might be causing your bad breath.
Dental Checkups from your Sheridan Dentist
Are you due for a dental checkup with your Sheridan dentist? To schedule a consultation contact our 82801 dentist office at (307) 672-7567. We welcome patients from Sheridan, WY and the surrounding communities.