September 29, 2020
Have you been struggling with bad breath? So do a lot of other people. Approximately 80 million Americans are suffering from chronic halitosis that usually originates from the tongue or the gums. Even though it is incredibly common, bad breath can be frustrating to deal with and even embarrassing when you have to speak to others. Fortunately, there are many different steps you can take to reduce halitosis and prevent it from even occurring in the first place. Continue reading for some helpful tips from your dentist.
Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day
You already know that you should be doing this, but many people still neglect brushing their teeth before bed, setting themselves up for morning breath. By brushing twice every day, you can clean away buildups of food particles and plaque. To further reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth, have an extra brushing session with baking soda. This will make it more difficult for bacteria that cause bad breath to grow.
Your toothbrush cannot do a thorough job cleaning between the teeth. This is why it’s so important to take time to floss once every single day. When the food debris isn’t removed, bacteria will begin to feed on it, and you will eventually have bad breath.
Clean Your Tongue
Your tongue can also harbor bacteria that causes halitosis. Using either your toothbrush or an inexpensive tool called a tongue scraper, you should remove any residue that has built up between the taste buds and folds in the tongue.
Quit Smoking Tobacco Products
Smoking cigarettes or other tobacco products dries out the mouth and leaves you with an unpleasant smell that lingers, even after brushing your teeth regularly. If you didn’t already have enough reasons to quit smoking, here’s another one. Work with your doctor, friends, and family to come up with the best ways you can quit.
Even though this doesn’t get to the root of the problem, using a mouth rinse can help to wash away food particles and bacteria that cause halitosis. However, if your bad breath is caused by dry mouth, alcohol can make this problem worse. If this is the case, look for a mouthwash that is alcohol-free.
Chew Sugar-Free Gum
By chewing on a piece of sugar-free gum or candy, you are helping to stimulate saliva flow. Saliva washes away food debris and bad breath causing bacteria in the mouth.
Have an Apple
High fiber, crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples, celery, and carrots can help to step up your saliva flow between meals and wash away bacteria that is causing your halitosis. This method can also help to alleviate bad breath that is caused by fasting or hunger.
See Your Dentist
If you have been suffering from chronic halitosis, this is something you should be bringing up with your dentist during your next checkup. They will be able to help you determine the cause of your bad breath and come up with some possible solutions.
You don’t need to live with bad breath any longer. By using these tips, you will be able to go throughout your day without having to worry about halitosis. A fresh smile is just around the corner.
About the Author
Dr. Julie Valentine has been serving patients in Beverly Hills for more than 25 years. After graduating with her undergraduate degree at UCLA, she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of the Pacific in San Francisco. If you are suffering from halitosis, Dr. Valentine would be happy to help. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit her website or call (310) 551-2955.
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