Is chronic bad breath keeping you from smiling, laughing, and talking for fear of embarrassment? Here at Embrace Dental Care in Florence, KY, we don’t want halitosis (bad breath) to hold you back. Here are some pointers for combatting this pesky issue so you can enjoy the benefits of fresh breath!
- Pinpoint Its Cause
- Maintain a Proper Oral Hygiene Regimen
- Rinse Your Mouth & Avoid Sugary Mints
- Limit Certain Foods & Drinks
Because there are a variety of factors that can contribute to halitosis, the first step to battling bad breath is to figure out where it’s coming from. Pinpointing the cause will help you figure out the best way to prevent it. For some, bad breath may be a result of not brushing or flossing properly, tobacco use, or gum disease. For others, bad breath is due to genetics or a medication they’re taking. If this is the case, we recommend talking to your primary care physician.
Plaque and tartar buildup can cause some pretty stinky breath. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), you should gently brush your teeth two times a day for two minutes each and floss at least once a day. If you’re still struggling with bad breath, we recommend that you do both a little more often. However, do not brush your teeth harder, as excessive pressure will wear down your enamel. Consider investing in an electric toothbrush if you have trouble applying the right amount of pressure with a manual toothbrush. Furthermore, be sure to scrape your tongue with your toothbrush to remove the coating of bacteria that usually forms throughout the day and while you sleep. You may be surprised at how much cleaning your tongue can help with any unwelcome mouth odors!
One of the best ways to minimize bad breath is to rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash after you eat. In addition, instead of reaching for a peppermint after your meal, chew sugar-free gum with xylitol. Despite their great smell and flavor, mints are often filled to the brim with sugar. This sugar will be eaten by your mouth’s bacteria, which will then produce acids that contribute to bad breath and tooth decay. In contrast, not only does the xylitol in sugarless gum help combat cavities, but the act of chewing gum also stimulates saliva production, which is a great natural defense against bad breath and decay.
While you may think you can just brush away the smell of food after you eat it, that is actually not the case. Certain foods and drinks such as onions, garlic, tuna, alcohol, and coffee actually enter your bloodstream and travel to your lungs, causing you to breathe out unpleasant odors. You don’t have to give up the foods and drinks you love, but we do recommend steering clear of them if you know you are going to be talking a lot, meeting up with a first date, or in close proximity to other people.
Our Team Is Here to Help!
We hope these tips help you curb any frustrating bad breath. If you have more questions about halitosis or if you’re unsure of the cause of your bad breath, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with our friendly team here at Embrace Dental Care.