It’s something nobody wants to hear: “You have bad breath.” Knowing you have bad breath can be extremely embarrassing for you and tough for those around you. Fear not – bad breath is a common condition that can be curbed by taking simple steps in your everyday life to help with this sensitive problem, hopefully for good.
Brush and Floss Daily
This one is a no-brainer. If you aren’t already doing so, it’s important (and recommended) that you brush your teeth at least twice a day. Flossing once daily is also important. This combined daily regimen releases trapped food from between your teeth and reduces plaque, a sticky build-up that collects bacteria that causes bad breath.
Brush or Scrape Your Tongue
Surprisingly, your tongue is a breeding ground for bacteria which can lead to sour breath. In addition to brushing your teeth, you should also gently brush your tongue to not only get rid of bacteria, but food residue and dead cells.
Watch Your Diet
Garlic, onions and other spicy foods can ramp up bad breath in a big way. What you eat is absorbed into your bloodstream, then travels through your lungs where you breathe the odors out. Conversely, fasting or partaking in a low-carb diet can also cause bad breath. Eating a balanced diet and regular meals is a good line of defense.
Cigarettes, snuff and pipes are proponents for bad breath. Besides causing cancer, smoking can stain teeth and damage your gums. Consider kicking the habit for optimal oral and physical health.
Reach for sugarless gum instead of a dinner mint. Gum stimulates saliva which protects against bacteria-causing plaque and curbs bad breath. After-dinner mints, on the other hand, only mask the smell of mouth odor and do not protect against bacteria.
If you still experience bad breath despite your efforts, it’s a good idea to visit your doctor, as it’s possible your problem is linked to a medical condition. To learn more about maintaining good oral health, schedule an appointment with Dr. Marshall or call 540-373-2273.