How to Prevent Bad Breath
There’s nothing to put a damper on a conversation than bad breath. Whether you’re in a meeting at work or on a date, make sure your breath is fresh and conversation-ready with these tips.
#1: Good Dental Hygiene Prevents Bad Breath
The good news is, your dental hygiene routine should already be doing a lot to prevent bad breath. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily helps prevent plaque, which is a sticky bacteria-harboring substance that causes bad breath — and cavities.
You can also give your teeth a quick brush after a meal, but don’t brush more than that, or you risk wearing down your tooth’s protective layer of enamel. Instead, rinse your mouth well with water.
If you want to go the extra mile, brush or scrape your tongue to get rid of the natural coating that harbors the same bad-breath-producing bacteria that plaque does. Take care of your tongue once a day, and you’ll be good to go.
#2: Mouthwash Helps Prevent Bad Breath
You still need to brush your teeth and floss, but mouthwash can add a bonus layer of protection against cavities and bad breath. If you don’t have time to brush after a meal, rinsing with mouthwash or even water can help release food particles from between your teeth, where they could lead to bad breath and even cavities down the road.
#3: Staying Hydrated Prevents Bad Breath
There are many reasons folks are always recommending you drink a lot of water, and preventing bad breath is one of them! As the first step in the digestive process, saliva helps breath down food particles. If you’re dehydrated, your mouth tends to feel dry and sticky, and you may even have a bad taste in your mouth. And as you might have guessed, all of those factors equal bad breath. So drink up! Stick to water if you can, but herbal tea can also be a good choice.
If You Have Persistent Bad Breath
If you’re doing everything you should be and you still experience bad breath, don’t put off seeing your dentist. Persistent bad breath can be due to dental problems, like cavities and gum disease, as well as other serious health conditions like acid reflux, diabetes, and even cancer or heart failure. Don’t take chances — mention any concerns to your dentist right away.
Dental Care at Dental on Central
If you’re looking for a dentist to help you achieve the best dental health, we’d love to have you in for a consultation at Dental on Central. For more information or to schedule an appointment at either of our locations, visit us on the web or call 602.266.1776.