Bad breath happens to the best of us, but chronic bad breath is a real problem. It can be made worse by the types of foods you eat and other unhealthy lifestyle habits. But don’t worry, it’s fairly common and your Westchester cosmetic dentist has some tips that can combat bad breath and help you feel confident again. It’s as simple as following these 5 steps!
How to Combat Bad Breath
Brush and floss at least twice a day.
That goes double if you’re eating food with a lot of onions or garlic! Practicing good oral hygiene will make a big difference. Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste to remove food debris and plaque. Brush teeth after you eat (keep a toothbrush at work or school to brush after lunch if possible). Replace your toothbrush every 2 to 3 months or after an illness. Use floss or an interdental cleaner to remove food particles and plaque between teeth once, preferably twice, a day. Dentures should be removed at night and cleaned thoroughly before being placed in your mouth the next morning.
Drink lots of water.
Be sure to drink a sufficient amount of water (six to eight 8-ounce glasses) daily to avoid dry mouth. Drinking water will help keep odor under control because it helps wash away food particles and bacteria, which is the primary cause of bad breath. Also swish cool water around in your mouth. This is especially helpful to freshen “morning breath.”
Use an alcohol-free mouthwash.
Try a 30-second mouthwash rinse that is alcohol-free. Many off-the-shelf products contain alcohol, so if you prefer to go this route it is best to make it alcohol-free to prevent bad breath. You can also try another remedy: Mix a cup of water with a teaspoon of baking soda (which changes the pH level and fights odor in the mouth) and a few drops of antimicrobial peppermint essential oil. Don’t swallow it!
Scrape your tongue
When doing this use a tongue scraper or spoon to decrease the bacteria, fungi, and dead cells that can cause odor. Hold the tip of the tongue with gauze to pull it forward in order to clean the back of the tongue. You do not need to push too hard, be gentle. You can find a tongue scraper at any local drug store.
Get regular dental checkups and cleanings.
The best way to make sure that you are maintaining good oral hygiene is to visit your dentist regularly. If you have chronic bad breath, you should visit your dentist first,to rule out any dental problems. Regular checkups will improve your overall dental health and you can be confident that your bad breath will improve. Advance Dentistry of Scarsdale can help you to get on the life-long path for good oral hygiene. To arrange a dental checkup or cleaning call one of the best dentists in Westchester today!