Dealing with Bad Breath
Bad breath is something that all people deal with from time to time. Drainage from a cold, a pungent meal, and even changes in hormone levels can all have a negative impact on your breath occasionally. However, if you are plagued by bad breath on a regular basis, it is time to talk with your dentist. Most cases of bad breath can be dealt with through simple changes in daily habits.
Tips for dealing with bad breath:
- Practice good oral hygiene. Even if you do nothing else, flossing your teeth once a day and brushing your teeth at least twice a day will go far in keeping your breath fresh. Your mouth is home to millions of bacteria on any given day, so flossing and brushing are essential to cleaning your teeth and keeping your mouth healthy. A healthy mouth is a good smelling mouth!
- Stop all tobacco use. If you smoke, chew tobacco, or use any type of tobacco product, then the time to stop is now. Tobacco is well known for its damaging effects, including cancer. Along with that, tobacco has its own strong smell. The damage that tobacco causes combined with its strong smell leaves behind a very strong and unpleasant odor in the mouth.
- Avoid odorous foods and beverages. It is no secret that onions, garlic, coffee, wine, alcohol, and cheeses cause bad breath. These foods and beverages leave behind a residue inside the mouth that can linger for hours, and every time you exhale, you are releasing those foul odors into the air around you. Avoiding odorous foods and beverages completely is the best way to prevent them from causing bad breath, but this is not always an ideal solution. Therefore, make sure you brush your teeth and use mouthwash after consuming them to help mask the odors they leave behind.
- Stay hydrated. Your mouth is designed to produce saliva continually throughout the day to wash bacteria away from the teeth. A dry mouth cannot accomplish this, and it will allow the bacteria to begin to decay inside your mouth. Proper hydration can help combat bad breath, especially when combined with the above tips.
- Visit your dentist regularly. Your dentist is your greatest advocate for your oral health. If you suffer from chronic bad breath, talk to your dentist about it. Often, a proper dental cleaning is all that is needed to improve your breath and promote fresh breath in the future.
Contact Southern Charm Dental today. We are here for your oral health care needs.