1. Have a Good Oral Hygiene RoutineThe best defense is a good offense when it comes to bad breath: make sure you’re brushing your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time. This helps prevent odor-causing plaque and bacteria from building up.
2. Don’t Forget to FlossIf you’re brushing without flossing, you’re not cleaning 40 of your tooth’s surface and providing bacteria with a place to grow. Flossing once daily can help remove bacteria and limit plaque buildup.
3. HydrateHydration is important in all aspects of your health, and your mouth is no exception. Staying hydrated helps avoid dry mouth and washes away food particles, two big causes of bad breath.
4. Chew Sugarless GumIn a pinch, sugarless gum is a great way to freshen breath. Chewing sugarless gum stimulates saliva flow, which washes away food particles and bacteria.
5. Snack WiselyFor a midday breath pick-me-up, grab a crispy fruit or vegetable. Like gum, these stimulate saliva flow while their fibers work to scrub teeth clean. As you can see from our tips, the best way to prevent bad breath is to limit the ability of bacteria in your mouth to feed on sugars and starches and form into plaque, a sticky, odor-causing biofilm. However, if you notice that your bad breath persists no matter what you try, it may be a sign of a more serious dental condition.
Contact our office today to ask any questions about bad breath or to schedule your next appointment.