Bad breath is a common problem that we all face at some point in our lives, whether it be the dreaded “morning breath” that sends our spouse turning away in disgust or the lingering odor of the onions you had on your burger for lunch. At the office of Dr. Paul Caputo in Naperville, IL, our team is dedicated to helping our patients solve all of their oral health issues, especially one as potentially embarrassing as persistent bad breath.
How to Combat Bad Breath
Unless your halitosis is caused by some underlying health condition, you may be able to address the problem yourself at home until you can make an appointment with Dr. Caputo. These are some of the most common and useful ways to get rid of bad breath:
- Use an anti-bacterial mouthwash each time you brush your teeth. This not only eliminates the majority of the bacteria in your mouth, but may also help by offering additional protection against future odors.
- Remember to use a tongue scraper at least once per day to remove any built-up plaque on the tongue, paying special attention to the area in the back. Any white or pale colored coating on the back of the tongue signifies an accumulation of bacteria.
- Chew sugar-free gum and keep a stash of mints handy. While these products don’t actually solve the problem of bad breath, they can help by offering a fresh, minty smell instead of a foul odor.
Everyone experiences bouts of bad breath every once in a while, but when it begins to cause frequent problems in social interactions, it’s time to do something about it. Contact our office in Naperville to learn more about how Dr. Caputo can help you banish bad breath with routine dental visits, deep cleaning and more. We happily welcome patients from Naperville, Plainfield, Romeoville, Aurora, Bolingbrook and the surrounding areas.