Bad Breath – Halitosis

Professional Breath Control: Solving Bad Breath

Avondale Dentist Promotes Oral Hygiene For Fresh Breath

Combating bad breath is a concern to all of us at one time or another. Although many people believe that oral malodor comes from the stomach, the most common source of bad breath is the deep crevices in the back of the tongue.

Bad breath can also originate in the areas called periodontal pockets. Naturally occurring Gram-negative bacteria thrive in these hidden areas and form odorous volatile sulfur compound (VSC’s). The VSC’s have a strong rotten egg smell.

Oral Hygiene For Fresh Breath

Oral hygiene is one of the keys to replacing bad breath with fresh breath. Regular dental cleanings and examinations at Aesthetic Dental Health enable your dental professional to help you maintain long-lasting fresh breath in addition to healthy teeth and gums. There are several ways to manage bad breath concerns both in our  Avondale dental office and at home. Avondale Dentist Dr. Catalina Gonzalez and the hygienist at Aesthetic Dental Health can help you tackle this sensitive issue. Although all of us suffer from bad breath on occasion chronic bad breath can be indicative of more serious health problems. If you have any concerns about your breath, it is important to ask your dentist or hygienist about them today.

What Happens During My Oral Hygiene Appointment?

During your oral hygiene appointment, your hygienist will scrape your tongue with a tongue scraper and use an anti-bacterial tongue gel to neutralize and remove odor-producing bacteria by-products. Your hygienist will also use scaling instruments to remove the build-up of plaque and calculus (tartar) from your teeth and below the gum-line. This aids in reducing the risk of gum (periodontal) disease, which is also a source of oral malodor. Proper daily oral hygiene instructions will also be provided.

What Can I Do On A Daily Basis To Maintain Fresh Breath?

In addition to regular brushing and flossing, incorporating tongue scraping into your daily oral hygiene routine is an easy and incredibly effective way to maintain a healthy mouth and long-lasting fresh breath. Daily use of an anti-bacterial toothpaste, mouth rinse, and tongue gel will also help you achieve the freshest breath possible and improve your overall oral health. It’s important to use an alcohol-free mouth rinse, since alcohol can dry your oral soft tissue which ultimately leads to even faster formation of odor producing bacteria. There are also specifically formulated chewing gums and mints which will help refresh your breath, anytime, anywhere. Look for products that contain the essential oils thymol and eucalyptus as anti-bacteria agents. Plus, the products you choose should also include an odor neutralizer, such as zinc chloride, for complete oral malodor (bad breath) management.

In the Avondale and Phoenix area, the doctor and hygienist at Aesthetic Dental health can help you eliminate bad breath and, with regular in-office and at-home oral hygiene routines, help you maintain fresh breath. Call us today to make an appointment or simply fill out the form on this page.