You think you’ve tried it all to combat your bad breath. You avoid garlic, you chew gum, or pop a mint in your mouth. These tactics may work for a short period of time, but oftentimes just mask the problem. If you struggle with bad breath there’s likely something else going on. Read our top four tips to know what to do next.
- Practice good oral hygiene. This means brushing at least twice a day for two minutes and flossing daily. Make sure you’re brushing your tongue too! If there are bacteria in between your teeth or sitting on your tongue, bad breath often will result. Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine will keep plaque at a minimum, and should reduce the intensity of bad breath.
- Make sure to hydrate. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day helps your body to create enough saliva. Saliva is actually apart of the digestion process and helps to break down food particles and rinse away bacteria. If you are hydrated and have plenty of saliva flowing, this can wash away the bacteria that’s causing your bad breath.
- Check your medications. Many people are unaware that the medications they take can sometimes be the cause of their bad breath. Oftentimes, these medications have side effects that include an onset of dry mouth or make it worse if you already have it.
- See your dentist regularly. Ideally, you should be having your teeth cleaned every six months. Not only is it important to get cleanings twice per year, but if you have a condition that could be causing your bad breath we can help you find a solution to it. Many patients suffer from periodontal disease or dry mouth that need to be treated.
If you have been struggling with bad breath and have not seen a dentist, contact us to schedule an exam and cleaning!