What is the quickest way to treat bad breath?

Bad breathAt NW Heights Dental, we want to assist Portland, OR area patients maintain healthy smiles and eliminate problems such as bad breath. However, there are times when patients may need to quickly address bad breath. Perhaps they are going to a wedding and want to make a great first impression, or maybe they’re headed on a first date and want to combat the garlic and onions they had at dinner. Drs. Keri Smith and David Hiebert encourage patients to learn more about the fast and effective ways to combat bad breath.

What to do about bad breath

There are many steps that can be taken to deal with bad breath “in the moment,” including:

  • Brush and floss the teeth
  • Scrape or brush the tongue
  • Rinse the mouth with mouthwash
  • Avoid certain foods with pungent aftertastes
  • Avoid smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Chew sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva
  • Moisten a dry mouth by drinking water

When these situations do not help you in the spur of the moment, you may have a more chronic condition called halitosis. Additionally, certain medical conditions can result in bad breath, and the odor may indicate a more serious issue that needs to be addressed. However, in most cases, bad breath can be addressed with the care of a dental professional. Drs. Keri Smith and David Hiebert find that many chronic cases of bad breath are caused by poor oral health care. Patients should make sure to brush and floss their teeth after every meal. Conditions such as periodontal disease may also contribute to bad breath, so treatment may help in reversing the problem long-term.

Work with a dental team that cares about your oral health

Drs. Keri Smith and David Hiebert of NW Heights Dental in Portland, OR are committed to helping patients achieve better oral health and wellness—while addressing common complains such as bad breath. If you are interested in working with a quality team of professionals for your oral health and wellness, call our team at (503) 646-1463 today. The practice is located at 975 NW Saltzman Road and accepts new patients and families.

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