Bad Breath & Braces

embarrassed womanWhat You Need to Know

Let’s face it: No one wants to have bad breath. Also called halitosis, bad breath and braces are something your ARCH orthodontist is happy to talk about and provide solutions should it happen to you or child. We know it’s embarrassing, but the good news is that it’s something we can fix the next time you visit ARCH Orthodontics in Greater Boston. Ready to learn more? Let’s take a look!

Why Do I Have Bad Breath?

Having unpleasant breath is actually a common problem. It’s estimated that nearly 1 in 4 people globally struggles with halitosis. Ask any ARCH orthodontist or your dentist and they’ll probably tell you that the biggest culprit behind bad breath is poor oral hygiene.

When you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment, bad breath can happen when food gets stuck in your teeth or your braces. If food hangs around in your mouth, it creates the perfect environment for bacteria to feed and live. Unfortunately, the bacteria also produce sulfur compounds and unpleasant odors.

How Can I Get Rid of My Bad Breath?

If you or your kiddo is undergoing orthodontic treatment and has had problems with halitosis, check out these tips to help get your feeling fresh again.

Tip #1: Keep Your Mouth Hydrated

Sometimes certain underlying medical conditions or medications can cause you to have dry mouth. And sometimes you’re just simply not drinking enough water. As orthodontists in Greater Boston, we do know this – dehydration will make bad breath worse. That’s because you’ve got less saliva in your mouth leading to more bacteria, food particles, and bad breath. Make sure to keep your teeth and braces clean by drinking plenty of water. As a rule of thumb for adequate water consumption, your child or teen should get about six to eight cups of water daily. Adults should try for eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day.

Tip #2: Keep Up with Brushing and Flossing

Your ARCH orthodontist and dentist will always tell you how crucial it is brush and floss every day especially when during your orthodontic treatment. If you have traditional metal braces, brackets, etc. it’s essential that you keep them free of food debris. We recommend using a threader to help get the job done and keep bad breath at bay! Patients have also had success using a tongue scraper to help remove bacteria from the tongue’s surface along with using some antibacterial mouthwash. Try a brand an American Dental Association approved brand like Listerine®.

Tip #3: Keep Up With Your Regular Appointments

You probably hear it all the time from your dentist and us, but it’s essential to maintain your regular cleanings and checkups with us. That way your dentist and your ARCH orthodontist in Greater Boston can monitor your teeth and your progress. Together, we’ll able to look for gum issues or tooth problems that could cause your breath to be off.

If you find that you or your child is still having issues with bad breath, please don’t hesitate to talk to us at your next visit or schedule a consultation. We want you and your smile to be healthy and happy for a lifetime. Now serving patients in Brockton, Hyannis, Hyde Park, Stoughton, Canton, Orleans, Randolph, Bridgewater, and Westwood.

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