At Proud Smiles in Sandy Springs, GA, Dr. Brenda Paulen believes each patient should be equipped with the knowledge to help improve their oral health. Patient education is one of the best tools for people looking to get their oral health on track. Part of patient education is knowing to visit the dentist at least twice a year for a routine preventive care visit. Preventive care visits allow Sandy Springs dentist Dr. Paulen to thoroughly check the mouth, teeth, and gums for any signs of dysfunction. During this time, patients can also feel free to ask Dr. Paulen any questions they may have concerning their oral health.
A popular question patients have is how to combat morning breath. Morning breath is a common occurrence for many patients. During sleep, the amount of saliva in the mouth decreases causing dry mouth. Dry mouth can lead to bacteria that cause mouth odor, hence morning breath.Patients who sleep with their mouth open or snore are more likely to experience morning breath, which is very common among patients of all kinds.
Treatments for Bad Breath
Developing a consistent oral hygiene routine is beneficial for your oral health. Combatting bad breath doesn’t have to be difficult, just follow these steps to help keep your breath fresh and your smile healthy.
Brush your teeth twice a day: Brushing your teeth twice a day helps keep your smile bright and your breath smelling fresh. Most patients forget to brush their teeth before they go to bed which can make morning breath worse and even cause harmful bacteria to develop into plaque.
Floss your teeth correctly: Flossing helps remove debris and bacteria from between the teeth. Debris left between the teeth can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and cavities. Making sure you are flossing correctly is necessary to improve the health of your teeth and combat bad breath.
Rinse your mouth: Find an ADA approved mouthwash and rinse your mouth for at least 30 seconds to get rid of any bacteria that may be circulating in the mouth. Getting rid of bacteria can help keep your breath fresh.
Schedule An Appointment
Morning breath is normal but if you believe it can be linked to a more serious dental issue, it is best to visit Proud Smiles in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Brenda Paulen is an experienced general and restorative dentist dedicated to improving her patient’s smiles. Feel free to schedule an appointment online or call 404.418.7734