No one likes dealing with bad breath. It can be quite embarrassing, so much so that bad breath (halitosis) is the third most common reason people seek dental care. Poor dental hygiene is typically the cause of bad breath, as bacteria in the mouth breaks down food particles and produces sulfur compounds (stinky!). Here are a few ways you can keep your mouth fresh and your teeth and gums healthy at the same time.Brush and floss more. Collections of bacteria called plaque are what cause bad breath, and food trapped in between your teeth serves as a breeding ground for them. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once.
Rinse out your mouth. An antiseptic mouthwash adds an extra layer of protection against bacteria, and will help to freshen your breath. Swishing your mouth with plain water after eating will also help get rid of food particles stuck between your teeth and prevent bad breath.
Scrape your tongue. The tongue is commonly overlooked when it comes to smelly bacteria, and many people forget about it when they go to brush their teeth. You may also want to consider using a tongue scraper to reach the back of your tongue if your toothbrush is too big.
Avoid bad breath inducing foods. Foods like onions and garlic naturally stink up our mouth. Avoid them if possible when you don’t want smelly breath.
Stop smoking. There are a million and one health reasons why you should stop smoking, and bad breath is at the top of the list. Speak to your doctor if you need to enlist the help of a quit-smoking program.
Chew sugar free gum. Besides the fresh flavors they come in, sugar free gum stimulates saliva production in the mouth, which your natural defense mechanism against tooth decay and bad breath. This can be particularly helpful if you have a dry mouth.
Treat your gums right. Gum disease can cause bad breath, as bacteria gathers in the pockets at the base of the teeth. A periodontist, or dentist who specializes in the gums, can help determine a strategy for treatment if you have gum disease.
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