Bad breath happens to all of us at some point, as many different things can cause it. Halitosis commonly stems from oral hygiene or health issues like a build-up of plaque and other bacteria on teeth and under the gums, cavities or even an infection deep inside a tooth. Certain foods also cause bad breath as well.

If you’re serious about kicking bad breath to the curb, commit to a twice-daily routine that includes brushing, flossing, tongue-scraping and rinsing with mouthwash. It helps to arm yourself with the right toothpaste for the job as well. A few over-the-counter brands to try:

  • Closys Fluoride Toothpaste: This toothpaste contain Cloralstan™, a powerful, patented ingredient that kills 99.9% of harmful bacteria in 10 seconds. The ingredient is naturally activated by amino acids in your saliva.
  • Breath Rx Purifying Toothpaste: This toothpaste contains a blend of zinc, thymol an eucalyptus oil that kills odor-causing bacteria.
  • Biotene Toothpaste: This brand specifically targets those that struggle with chronic dry mouth– a condition that allows stinky oral bacteria to thrive.

If breath does not improve in two weeks or less, it’s time to make an appointment with your dentist to have your teeth and gums professionally cleaned and checked for more serious issues.

Aside from poor hygiene, bad breath can also stem from post-nasal drip, gastrointestinal disorders or liver disease. In these cases, it is best to seek the counsel of a general practitioner to see what can be done about chronic halitosis.

A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe proudly serves the Sugar Land and greater Houston area. We offer an array of general and cosmetic dentistry procedures as well as the latest in laser dentistry for effective yet gentle treatment. Call us today to schedule your appointment.