Wearing a mask prevents the spread of COVID-19 but you've become aware of your bad breath! Dr. Travis Lee at Ocean Breeze Dental Care recommends regular dental visits as the best way to prevent and treat bad breath. When you are breathing in a small recycled airspace of your mask, you will become more aware of your bad breath. Increasing levels of bacteria in gums, teeth and surrounding soft tissues of the mouth contribute to chronic bad breath. Professional cleaning reduces millions of bacteria in your mouth, removing them from the surface of the teeth, roots and under gums. When complemented with improvements in your oral care as outlined below, you will be able to manage your mask breath. The knowledgeable & compassionate dental professionals at Ocean Breeze Dental Care have over 20 years experience working with patients to breathe fresher breaths. Contact our General & Cosmetic Dental Practice in West Los Angeles to gain additional tips and steps toward a healthier & happier you.
So what causes bad breath and what can you do about it?
Poor oral hygiene. Oral bacteria can be the cause of bad breath and is often started by the buildup of plaque and food debris. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing once daily will help to reduce plaque and food debris. A tongue scraper can also help to get a thorough clean.
Oral diseases. Infections such as tooth decay and gum disease can cause bad odors in your mouth. Worn out fillings can allow bacteria to enter and grow. Symptoms of infection can include tooth pain or bleeding and swollen gums. Don’t ignore your symptoms and schedule an appointment with a dentist.
Diet. Foods such as onion and garlic can lead a smelly breath even after digestion as they enter your bloodstream and your lungs. Try reducing certain food intake to see if that is what is causing your bad breath.
Dry mouth. Saliva acts to neutralize acids produced by plaque and wash away dead cells that accumulate in your mouth. When you suffer from dry mouth, these cells cannot be washed away and will decompose in your mouth, causing bad breath. Dr. Travis Lee and his Ocean Breeze Dental Care team are happy to work with you to determine the underlying cause and correction path so you can breathe fresher breaths.
Smoking. You know the negative effects of smoking on your body but did you know that it also affects your breath and contributes to more severe oral health issues, such as oral cancer? Talk to your dentist regarding effective tips on quitting your smoking habit.
Please contact our General & Cosmetic Dental Practice serving the neighborhoods surrounding Santa Monica, CA 90025 to maintain healthy teeth, beautiful smile & fresh breath with breeze.