Tips on getting prepared for a dentist’s appointment

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Summary: Bad breath or Halitosis is a condition where the mouth smells really bad. There
are treatments for bad breath, but it is specific to the cause of the problem. So fix an
appointment with the dentist and enjoy the fresh breath.
The treatment for bad breath depends directly proportional to the problem related with bad
breath. A dentist can help with the best solution. These experts will determine the cause and
accordingly give us the best treatment required.
So, when you visit the dentist, they will examine your medical history, enquire about your
diet, lifestyle and habits, and conduct a thorough dental examination. All parts of your mouth,
including teeth, gums, tongue, salivary glands, and oral tissues are examined. Depending on
the results of the examination the dentist will help you avail the treatment.
So, the dentist's appointment is important and here are some tips to prepare for it.

Morning times are the best time to make your dental appointment. During the day we
tend to eat flavourful food items and this may hinder the examination process.

Do not wear a strong smell and avoid eating, drinking, or smoking for a few hours
before your dental appointment.

Get your appointment rescheduled, if you have taken antibiotics or any other similar
medical compositions within the last month.

Here are a few things you must inform your dentist about:

Explain the experts how and when you noticed bad breath. Specify if you have
occasional bad breath. Discuss your health issues. Specify the medication and
supplements you take. And your diet and food habits too.

The dentist will use sophisticated equipment's for detecting and identifying the
bacteria causing odours. And treat it so that we can enjoy a fresh breath.
Apart from getting the right diagnosis and treatment here are some simple tips to follow for a
healthy mouth.

Practice Good Hygiene
By practicing good hygiene, we can reduce and prevent bad breath and be safe from
cavities and gum disease too.
Brush your teeth twice a day, regularly with fluoride-containing toothpaste. Just make
sure you brush up and clean all the areas of the mouth like gums, tongue, teeth etc.
Use a tufted bristled brush and replace it every alternate month.
Use a tongue cleaner to scrape away and remove the bacteria coating that causes bad
breath or tooth decay and gum problems.
Your brush will not reach all areas of the teeth. So, use floss and clean between your
teeth to remove the trapped food particles.
Use an anti-bacterial mouthwash to rinse your mouth thoroughly and prevent bad
breath.
You can use a denture cream denture cleaning tablet etc. to thoroughly clean them.

Eat a balanced diet:

Eat a healthy and balanced diet and don't skip meals. Take in a limited amount of sugary
foods and drinks as they are major factor that promote the growth of bacteria, theycause bad
breath tooth decay and erosion.

Avoid tobacco and alcohol as it can make your breath unpleasant for up to several
hours.

Chewon sugarless gums after a meal to help the flow of saliva flow.

Regular check-ups with your dentist every few months.

Keep yourself hydrated by drinking a lot of water and fresh fruit juices.
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