An American Fork Dentist Can Help Your Breath to Smell Better

Posted on: March 31, 2015

American Fork DentistAs an American Fork dentist, we help our patients to remain in good oral health and that includes having good-smelling breath.  While this may seem like a cosmetic issue, how your breath smells is directly tied to your overall health.  People with the flu, for example, will find that their breath produces a certain odor as it also does when someone has a fever.  If your breath smells bad, the first thing to consider is whether or not you have other health issues.  Simultaneously, your breath can also be an indication that there is an issue with your teeth or gums that needs to be treated. We recommend that if your breath starts to stink you start by evaluating the food that you have been eating and take steps at home to address the issue.  The best place to start is by drinking more water.  Dry mouth is a common condition that can create bad breath and by simply keeping your mouth moist, it will often smell fresher.  Simultaneously, we recommend purchasing a tongue scraper from the drug store.  This simple tool can be used in conjunction with brushing and flossing to remove the bacteria and food particles from your tongue.  Since your tongue can hold onto odors, this can be a useful addition. You should also be sure to brush two to three times a day and floss daily since food becoming stuck in between teeth will often lead to bad breath.  If, however, you take all of these steps, and your breath still stinks, you probably have a health condition that should be addressed. In this instance, we recommend that you call to schedule a dental exam.In our American Fork dentist office, we will begin by cleaning your teeth to remove any plaque, tartar, and bacteria that has built up over time.  Even if you brush and floss at home, there are certain places that are hard to clean without professional help.  This is where we come in and with bi-annual appointments we can help you to stay healthier and have better breath.Once your teeth are cleaned, we will examine them and are typically looking for three things.  We will check for cavities, infections, and gum disease.  In the case of a cavity or tooth decay, it may produce an odor and by removing the decay and restoring the tooth with a filling, you will be healthier and your breath will smell better.  If your tooth is infected, the infection will also have to be removed and may be done by performing a root canal.  This is often followed up with a crown for protection but once the procedures are completed, your mouth will be healthier and start to smell like it.Simultaneously, if we identify any gum disease we will treat the condition by removing plaque and tartar from below the gums.  By doing so, your gums will regain their good health, and your breath will benefit.  While other procedures may be necessary, in our American Fork dentist office, we have found that removing the infected area and plaque is often the best place to start. 
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