Tonight’s the night and you want to make the absolute best impression that you can. It’s your first date and everything must be perfect. Your plans are to go to Balboa Park for a fun-filled evening of enjoying the sites, eating dinner, and having lively conversation. But your dentist in San Diego wants you to be sure that your breath stays fresh so that your date is a success.
What Causes Bad Breath?
The last thing you want is bad breath. Here are some of the causes to look out for.
- Bacteria – Bacteria are so prevalent in your mouth because it is a warm oven for them to hide, feed in and grow. When allowed to fester, they can cause odorous breath.
- Food – It’s tough to go out on a date, enjoy a tasty meal with herbs and spices, and maintain fresh breath, because of the bacteria left behind.
- Smoking – You probably want to avoid this, as it not only stains your teeth, but also contributes to foul odors coming from your mouth.
- Dry Mouth – If you are lacking enough saliva in your mouth, this can create a playground for bacteria, allowing them to odorously grow.
Bad Breath as a Sign of an Oral Health Issue
It’s important to remember that bad breath is not only offensive to the nose, but it is also a sign of a much larger oral health care issue. The center of attention are the bacteria that cause bad breath, and the greater problem they present, which is tooth decay and gum disease. Therefore, the approach to addressing your breath should be engaged from a deeper level, finding remedies that don’t just mask the odor, but attack bacteria.
Mouthwash as a Weapon Against Bacteria
Mouthwash is a very useful aide in maintaining your oral health. It cleanses similarly to how your saliva does, flushing any bacteria insurgents who try to hang around in your mouth after you eat a meal. And as a plus, it freshens your breath.
It’s important to remember, though, that it’s not a substitute for brushing and flossing twice daily, and maintaining six-month visits with your dentist. These are bedrocks of your dental care. However, it is an excellent tool to use in addition to your core regimen.
Now, you’re able to enjoy your evening with the confidence and swagger of a healthy and fresh mouth.
About the Author
With 25 years of dental expertise, Dr. Greg Friedman stays on the cutting edge, offering the latest in state-of-the-art dental technology and procedures, and attending dental continuing education to stay on top of the changing world of dentistry. Earning his undergraduate degree from San Diego State University, Dr. Friedman went on to attend Washington University’s School of Dental Medicine, fulfilling his life-long dream of becoming a dentist. He practices at Mod Squad Dental and can be reached for more information about his services through his website.