We’ve all experienced our fair share of bad breath. It’s a widespread problem. It can be caused by the gases that coat your teeth and tongue. Whether we’ve overeaten garlic or skipped a floss, here are some ways to prevent bad breath.

1. Don’t Skip the Floss

Gum health is the most critical factor in maintaining a healthy and clean smile. Your gums are the foundation that holds your teeth firmly in place. It also affects how your breath smells. Gum disease is not only severe but can be the most significant contributing factor to the smell of your mouth. If your gums collect more plaque, it can cause bleeding and other sensitivities. A way to prevent this is by seeing your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups.

2. Smoking

It’s 2019, and everyone knows smoking is bad for your overall health. It is especially damaging to your mouth and gums. Not only does it make your breath unpleasant, but it is also harming. There is no treatment for this other than to quit smoking and using tobacco products. Most report after they have stopped using tobacco, they regain a sense of smell and taste.

3. The Food We Eat

The last thing you want is to have a close conversation with someone who just ate a very pungent food. This doesn’t mean you should give up the food altogether, but maybe instead bring along a minty gum for after the meal, or even brush your teeth when finished.

4. Dry Mouth

Dry mouth or otherwise known as Xerostomia, “Occurs when the production of saliva slows down. In persistent cases, it can also lead to bad breath. Why? The natural saliva that has so mysteriously seemed to vanish has a job to do: flushing bacteria and leftover food particles from your mouth. Without saliva to flush them away, the bacteria and debris start to break down, creating an unpleasant odor.” If you notice a constant need for water and a bad taste lingering in your mouth, reach out to your dentist. You could have dry mouth.

5. Your Medication

The medication you’re on might be affecting the smell of your breath. It could be causing you to have dry mouth or other oral sensitivities. Speak with your doctor and dentist to find a solution that works for you.

Don’t forget to brush your teeth after every meal and floss regularly. Contact us if you have any questions regarding your oral health.