Many people believe that bad breath is linked to poor brushing. The truth is that there are many causes. At Stephen Ratcliff Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington TX, we can help you identify the cause of bad breath, and discuss how to cure it.
Your diet dramatically affects your breath. Because digestion begins the moment foods enter your mouth, and because they are absorbed and distributed throughout the body, you probably will be able to smell strong-smelling foods like onions and garlic long after you’ve eaten them.
That means mouthwash will only mask any smell. Constantly sucking on breath mints is also not wise. For real relief, you may need to avoid strong foods altogether.
For dieters, low-carb and no-carb diets promote fat burning. But bad breath can be an unwanted side effect, caused by the chemicals released during this process. Drinking more water can help alleviate it.
Lastly, flossing regularly is often the key to truly fresh breath. Many people don’t realize how much food can be stuck between their teeth, and this food can cause sour breath if it isn’t removed. More importantly, the food particles turn into plaque which can cause tooth decay and gum disease.
If you’re coping with bad breath, ask Stephen Ratcliff Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington TX about it at your next checkup. People from Mansfield and Grand Prairie come to us for general dentistry, and improve their smiles with our cosmetic dentistry. Contact us today!