What causes bad breath?
Cavities or infection
Mask mouth is real
- Dry mouth. Since your mouth is covered, you may be drinking less water than usual. This can lead to dry mouth, increasing your risk of bad breath.
- Gum disease. Wearing a mask and breathing recycled air can increase your oral microbiome’s acidity, which might put you at risk for bad-breath causing infections or gum disease.
To avoid mask mouth, stay diligent about your oral hygiene care! We also recommend that you continue to drink lots of water and regularly replace or clean your mask to prevent bacterial growth.
How do you know if your breath smells bad?
It’s challenging to smell your own breath and know for sure whether you have halitosis. This inability to accurately assess the smell of your breath is referred to as the “bad breath paradox.” This leads to many people who don’t think they have bad breath think they don’t (and vice versa!)
Visiting your dentist and keeping up on your routine 6-month dental hygiene visit is the best way to diagnose bad breath. But here are a few tricks to assess your breath at home, too:
- Ask a trusted friend or family member!
- Lick the inside of your wrist and smell it (It may sound odd, but the smell of your breath on skin is easier for your nose to pick up.)
- Purchase a halimeter test to measure your volatile sulfur compound (VSC) level — above 100 often indicates bad breath.
Tips for preventing bad breath
Brush your teeth at least 2x a day for 2 minutes & floss daily
See your dentist as instructed for routine preventive care
Avoid cigarettes and tobacco products
Stay hydrated and keep your mouth moist
Don’t rely on sugary breath mints or chewing gum
Breathe through your nose, not your mouth – during the day and while sleeping
Who is the best dentist in Escondido to stop bad breath?
Eliminate bad breath today
Give us a call at (760) 741-5775 or contact us to schedule a visit. Once we’ve agreed on the best treatment plan, we can get to work on improving your breath and dental health.