How to Prevent Bad Breath
Whether caused by bacteria, dry mouth, gum disease, or even the food and drinks we consume, everyone has experienced bad breath at some point. But bad breath isn’t a permanent issue – with the right prevention techniques and treatment, you can keep your mouth smelling fresh all day long. If you want to prevent bad breath, read on for our top 8 tips to ward off bad breath.
- Brush and Floss
- Stay Hydrated
- Cut Back on Coffee
- Avoid Tobacco Products
- Drink Alcohol in Moderation
- Chew Sugarless Gum
- But Pass on Breath Mints
- Visit the Dentist
Daily brushing and flossing is one one of the best ways to remove foul odors from your mouth and prevent bad breath throughout the day by removing the odor-causing bacteria. If you just ate something really pungent, brushing and flossing can also help eliminate the smell and remove any food particles that could cause the smell to worsen.
Drinking water has plenty of health benefits, but it can also help get rid of stinky breath in a pinch. Drinking lots of water cleans your mouth of harmful bacteria and clears debris from between your teeth, making it an easy fix to bad breath.
There’s a reason “coffee breath” is an often-used term to describe bad breath. The caffeine found in tea and coffee can dry your mouth out, but coffee is a particularly bad offender. That’s because its sulfurous content can be broken down by bad breath-causing bacteria, producing infamous “coffee breath.” Even worse, coffee is extremely difficult to get off the back of your tongue without brushing, so your morning coffee can linger on your breath until the late afternoon.
Similar to coffee, smoking or using tobacco products reduces the saliva flow in your mouth and leaves a smelly residue in your mouth.
Alcohol leads to dry mouth, which creates the perfect environment for odor-causing bacteria to grow. Unfortunately, this is true whether you drink wine, beer, or hard liquor – any type of alcohol can make your breath stink for up to 8-10 hours after you finish drinking
Chewing gum can increase your saliva production, which washes away food acids and bacteria from your mouth. Not only will chewing gum give you fresher breath, but it can also help prevent cavities from forming. For best results, look for sugar-free gum made with xylitol.
Most mints, like those you may grab on the way out of your favorite restaurant, contain sugar. Despite their fresh flavor, these sugary mints make bad breath worse since the sugar sits on your teeth. Sugar-free mints are an okay quick-fix, but won’t actually eliminate bad breath or remove the harmful bacteria that causes it.
Regular checkups allow your dentist to detect any major issues that may be causing bad breath, like chronic dry mouth or gum disease. At Tru Family Dental, we’ll identify the cause of your issue and work with you to find the right solution for you.
Stay on top of your oral health.
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