I am wondering if I use whitening strips if my breath will smell better? Is there something in the whitening gel that is good for breath too? Just checking because I have tried everything else. Thanks L.K.
Dear L.K. – Whitening your teeth, in itself, will not make your breath smell better. But if your teeth are whitening by a dentist, he or she will ensure that you have had a recent dental cleaning. If you haven’t, your teeth will need to be cleaned before they are whitened, because the results of the whitening will be much better.
Professional teeth cleaning can remove debris, plaque, and tartar on and between your teeth, all of which contribute to bad breath. In addition to regularly flossing and brushing your teeth, you can also use a tongue scraper, and brush your tongue with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
If your breath odor persists, see a dentist to determine if the source is a bad tooth, your gums, or if further investigation is needed to determine the cause.
This post is sponsored by Lowell dentist Dr. Michael Szarek.