If you suffer from bad breath, there may be some things you can do to help mitigate or even totally eliminate it. Below are some tips that might help you.
Brush and floss often
Plaque is often one of the main causes for bad breath. We recommend that our patients brush and floss at least twice a day. Increasing brushing and flossing can be a great way to knock out smelly bacteria. In case you work at a job that keeps you at your office all day, or if you are a student in classes, you can carry a small toothbrush, some toothpaste and floss in a bag or your purse. After lunch is a great time to brush your teeth, but this is most often neglected, because of the circumstances.
Try a tongue scraper
Probably the biggest culprit of bad breath is the bacteria that builds up on your tongue. It’s important to gently brush off the film of bacteria on your tongue, but most people find their toothbrush too big and clunky for those hard to reach places. For around $3-$5, you can buy a tongue scraper at your local drugstore to get rid of bad breath causing bacteria. Just a word of warning: don’t scrape too hard!
Avoid stinky foods
Onions and garlic are notorious for causing lingering bad breath, despite brushing and flossing!
The best way to get rid of the problem is to avoid these foods altogether, especially in social settings like work or parties, where you typically talk and laugh with people.
Rinse your mouth after eating
In addition to brushing and flossing, mouthwash helps knock out bad breath and leaves your mouth feeling extra clean and fresh, especially if you’re not around your toothbrush. Rinsing your mouth with a good mouthwash immediately after brushing and flossing will help to get rid of any leftover debris.
Chew sugar-free gum
The sugar that is often found in gum feeds off of the bacteria in your mouth, and can actually contribute to bad breath. Chewing gum can freshen your breath, but make sure you’re getting sugar-free. Your best bet for gum would be something minty-fresh without the sugar. Editor’s note: please don’t substitute chewing gum for brushing and flossing 🙂
If you’ve tried all these things yet still experience lingering bad breath, it could be your body trying to tell you something. Schedule an appointment with us and we’ll help you get to the root of the problem.