No one wants to deal with bad breath; it is embarrassing and uncomfortable! If you are dealing with periodic bad breath because of the food you ate, there are simple solutions, but what about those times that you find that you just cannot get rid of the bad breath? Are you stuck with it for the rest of your life? The good news is that there are simple ways to get rid of your bad breath once and for all. Once you know these habits, you can incorporate them into your daily life and ensure that you never again experience the embarrassment of breath that could knock a person down.
Brush and Floss Frequently
Plaque is oftentimes the culprit in chronic bad breath. The only way to eliminate it is to brush and floss your teeth often. If you are already brushing twice a day and flossing once, why not try doing these habits after every time that you eat? It is not as cumbersome as it sounds. Carry a travel toothbrush with you and a small container of floss. After you eat, head to the bathroom, whether at home or while out, and give yourself two minutes to eliminate the food and bacteria in your mouth. Now your mouth is less susceptible to plaque, which means a lower chance of having bad breath.
Don’t Forget your Tongue
Did you know that many of the germs in your mouth reside on your tongue? If you are not brushing your tongue, you are leaving the germs there to give you bad breath. If you are a “gagger” and the toothbrush is too much for you to handle on your tongue, purchase a tongue scraper with the ADA seal of approval and scrape your tongue after you are done brushing your teeth. This will eliminate those germs that reside there and get rid of your bad breath.
If you cannot get to the bathroom to brush and floss your teeth after every time that you eat, the next best thing to do is rinse your mouth. Water can do wonders – you do not even need a special mouthwash, which is good news for when you are out and about. Simply grab some warm water and rigorously rinse your mouth out. The process of rinsing will loosen any food debris and bacteria that are stuck in your teeth, which will help to decrease the risk of bad breath. If you are at home and can use an ADA approved mouthwash, you will have even better results.
Don’t Use Mints
Many people mistakenly use mints to beat bad breath, especially after eating a meal with garlic or onions. While mints might mask the odor for a little while, they put your mouth at risk for other issues. The long-term exposure of your teeth to the sugar in the mints puts your teeth at risk for decay, which is a common culprit in bad breath.
Dehydration can cause your mouth to produce less saliva, which in turn causes bad breath. Try to drink plenty of water throughout the day and avoid dehydrating drinks such as carbonated sodas and coffee. Choose water a majority of the time and your mouth will produce large amounts of saliva in an attempt to keep your mouth healthy.
These simple tips will help to fight bad breath! They take very little effort and can have great impact on the overall health of your mouth.
If you are tired of fighting bad breath, make an appointment with us so that we can see if there are any oral health issues that may be causing it! We can help you, Please contact us today!