Bad breath is both a very embarrassing but also an easily preventable personal hygiene issue. We’ll try to keep this list short and avoid clichéd advice (e.g. “Brush your teeth three time a day!”). So, without further ado, here are the top five ways to prevent bad breath!
#1 – Brush your… tongue!
I’m always surprised by the number of people who don’t brush their tongue after brushing their teeth. After all, bad breath is caused by bacteria that lodges between teeth and in the folds of the tongue. Obviously, brushing and flossing your teeth is the most important part of an oral hygiene routine (and if you aren’t doing this, bad breath is the least of your worries!), but brushing your tongue is a key component of getting rid of bad breath. A tongue scraper is a perfect tool for removing plaque deposits from the tongue, but your toothbrush can also be used.
#2 – Chew sugar-free gum
Not only will sugar-free gum instantly make your breath fresh, but it will also promote salivation. What is that important? Well, saliva natural cleans your mouth by (a) breaking down certain foods and (b) neutralizing acid which otherwise hurts the enamel of your teeth.
#3 – Drink water!
Water not only promotes overall health, but also helps to remove food particles and prevent dry mouth. Dry mouth can be caused by a number of other, medical and age-related factors, but regardless, dry mouth leads to a buildup of bacteria which cause bad breath.
#4 – Avoid smoking and alcohol
You’re probably aware that smoking can stain your teeth and cause gum infections (which in turn lead to halitosis). But you might not be aware that alcohol tends to reduce the flow of saliva, resulting in inefficient cleansing of the oral cavity, and ultimately, bad breath.
#5 – Eat healthy & avoid smelly foods
A healthy diet which is full of green vegetables and fruits is an excellent way of ensuring optimal physical and dental health. In many ways, dental health is inseparable from overall health. But if you’re already eating healthy and are still experiencing bad breath, keep in mind that smelly foods like garlic and onion will affect your breath even after brushing your teeth. This is because the acid in onions, for example, actually gets into your bloodstream and the smell can persist for 24-48 hours.
If you’ve tried all these solutions and are still experiencing bad breath, it’s important that you call us for an appointment. You may have an undiagnosed infection, or some other underlying medical issue. Medical problems related to the nose, respiratory tract and the digestive system can also result in bad breath. If you feel that bad breath is not going away despite optimal oral hygiene maintenance, then there are chances that the problem has a medical cause. Get in touch with us and we can help!