Earlier this month we featured a video post about the common causes of bad breath. It can, as you learned, be a sign that something more serious is going on, so you would never want to ignore it and hope that it will magically go away on its own.
Occasional bad breath is embarrassing, as we all know, but patients who suffer from a chronic condition known as halitosis have it far worse. Still, it is nothing to feel ashamed about. Instead we hope you’ll take action.
That’s why today we wanted to give you some suggestions for taking care of the problem. When you are finished reading, call our Attleboro, MA dental office at 774-225-0618 or fill out our online form to request a preventive dentistry appointment.
Definitely Skip The Mints
This tip will seem counterintuitive, but hopefully it will make sense to you. We all know that when you get a horrible taste in your mouth, it’s easy to grab a mint, cover it up, and go on about your business. The bad thing is that most mints are full of sugar.
After the mint has dissolved in your mouth, all that lingers is a sugary residue that actually feeds the bacteria causing your breath problems. It can make for a vicious cycle. Definitely skip the mints, if at all possible.
Try Flossing Every Day
Overcoming chronic bad breath is actually a matter of destroying bacteria. Brushing is a great start. But flossing is an even better weapon in this never-ending war. You should attempt to floss twice a day or more to drive bacteria out from the hard-to-get regions in-between your teeth.
Work On Your Tongue
If you are plagued by chronic bad breath, take some time to scrape and brush your tongue twice a day. Do it when you brush and floss! It will really make a difference.
Drink Water All The Time
We have found that keeping yourself hydrated is perhaps the best thing you can do to ward off bad breath. This is because saliva naturally eliminates bacteria in your mouth that is causing the bad breath. But in order for saliva to be produced, you need to drink enough water. If you can find water with fluoride that is even better!
Visit Us Often!
This is our favorite tip of all. We hope that you have been inspired to keep your mouth clean and fresh. Our preventive dentistry program will help you stay on the good road for many years to come. Our thorough exams can alert us to any emerging causes for concern, and our professional-grade cleanings will help clear out anything that you might have missed at home with your daily hygiene routine. That will also go a long way toward keeping bad breath at bay, and other worse things as well.