Fresh breath, do you have it? Before you step under the mistletoe, consult with Dr. Angela Evanson, DDS to make sure you have a mistletoe-worthy mouth!
It’s difficult to know if you have bad breath (halitosis), but if you notice people taking a step back or recoiling when you’re in close quarters, chances are you have halitosis. There are several ways to check your own breath. Although not foolproof, these self-checks will give you an idea if you have fresh breath. If you still wonder how your breath smells, ask a close friend or relative to confirm your suspicions.
If you continuously have an odorous mouth, make an appointment to see Dr. Evanson to know how to get fresh breath. Bad breath is a turn-off for friends, co-workers, strangers or your spouse/date.
What Causes Bad Breath?
Bad breath can be caused by certain foods, such as garlic and onions, but continuous bad breath is not just the result of pungent foods. Improper dental hygiene, dirty dentures, gum disease, dry mouth, tobacco and certain medications may contribute to this problem.
Halitosis can be an embarrassing problem, but it’s not a problem you have to live with. Getting an idea of how your breath smells and what’s causing the odor will let you start an action plan and improve its quality.
Continuous Bad Breath Can be a Symptom of Other Serious Issues
Bad breath isn’t something to disregard. You should take your bad breath seriously. Although bad breath in and of itself is not serious, it can be a symptom of a more serious condition:
- Dental problems, cavities or gum disease
- Tonsils that have trapped food particles
- Throat or mouth cancers
- Sinus infection, or nasal polyps
- Digestive system disorders; reflux, bowel problems, or cancer
- Liver disease
- Lung problems, such as an infection or cancer
Dr. Evanson will need to do a thorough examination in order to diagnose the cause of your bad breath. Before any dental treatment can begin, she will need to know your medical history.
Tips for Fresh Breath
If fresh breath is evading you due to poor oral hygiene, Dr. Evanson can develop a treatment plan that helps to minimize odor. In the meantime, take the following steps to ensure you’re doing everything possible at home for fresh breath.
- Brush with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day and floss daily to get rid of bacteria that is causing your bad breath. This applies to removable dentures too. Be sure to thoroughly clean them and soak them overnight in a cleaning solution.
- Brush your tongue. Without brushing or scraping the film off of your tongue, it will continue to cause bad breath.
- Sugarless gum is a temporary solution to keep your breath fresh.
- Antiseptic mouthwash can temporarily freshen your breath and kill bacteria that causes bad breath.
Routine Dental Check-ups Can Save You the Embarrassment of Bad Breath
Before you pucker up, make an appointment to see Dr. Evanson to find out what the root of your bad breath problem is and restore fresh breath. Regular checkups allow her to detect any changes in your mouth before they become more serious.
Contact us online, call 720-409-0008, or visit us today to set up your consultation with our friendly and professional team. Located at 17167 E. Cedar Gulch Parkway #202 in Parker, Colorado, Dr. Evanson’s office is also conveniently accessible to the communities of Highlands Ranch, Aurora, Castle Rock and Lone Tree.
Let Dr. Evanson help restore fresh breath before you go to that holiday party and find yourself under the mistletoe!