Tips for Fresh Breath

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a common ailment, with over 80 million people suffering. Usually stemming from your gums and tongue, bad breath can be very embarrassing. Fortunately, there are multiple steps you can take to prevent and treat bad breath. In addition to keeping your breath smelling nice and fresh, good oral hygiene helps to avoid cavities and lower your risk of gum disease. 

Brush Your Teeth Twice DailyTips for Fresh Breath

Brush your teeth for two to three minutes at least twice daily to remove food debris and plaque. The best times to brush are around breakfast and before bed. Toothpaste containing fluoride and antibacterial properties are the primary ones to buy. Brushing your teeth after each meal is also recommended, so keep a brush at work or school to brush after lunch if you can. 

Floss At Least Once a Day

Proper flossing will remove any food debris your toothbrush can’t reach, like between the teeth. If not removed, bacteria will feed on the leftover food, resulting in bad breath.

Brush or Scrape Your Tongue

Bacteria builds up on your tongue, so don’t forget to clean it! It’s crucial to clean the whole tongue, not just the tip, to remove any buildup between the folds of the tongue and your taste buds. Drugstores sell a variety of inexpensive plastic scrapers that evenly apply pressure across your tongue.

Use a Mouth Wash or Rinse

Cleaning your mouth with mouthwash or rinse is a great way to eliminate bacteria. Swishing liquid around can help loosen up and free any trapped particles of food stuck in your mouth. 

Stimulate Saliva Flow

Keep your mouth moist by drinking sufficient water (six to eight 8-ounce glasses) daily. A dry mouth contributes to bad breath, and drinking water helps wash away bacteria and food particles. Another way to stimulate saliva is by chewing gum or sucking on candy, preferably sugarless. If you have chronic dry mouth or take medications that cause you to have dry mouth, talk to your dentist about recommending an over-the-counter saliva substitute.

Adjust Your Diet

Onions, garlic, and some sugary foods are known to lead to bad breath, so minimize eating these foods. Munching on crispy fruits and vegetables such as carrots, celery, and apples helps increase saliva flow and wash away bacteria. An empty stomach from skipping meals can cause foul breath as acids in your stomach build up.

Tips for Fresh BreathVisit the Dentist Regularly

Routinely going to the dentist and getting your teeth cleaned twice yearly is an excellent way to fight bad breath. If you’re doing everything listed above and still dealing with bad breath, visit your dentist to determine the problem and treatment plan. If you’re looking for a dentist in Addison, Bent Tree Dental and Addison Dental Group are consistently rated by our readers as their favorite places to enhance their smile. Call and schedule your appointment today!

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