What to do About Bad Breath

What to do About Bad Breath

If bad breath is getting you down, you may think you just need a few extra mints to solve the problem. But that’s just masking the issue. If you really want to address your bad breath, here’s some tips on what you can do.

Tip #1 – brush and floss more frequently and clean your tongue!

Food that is trapped in your teeth, as well as plaque, can be a breeding ground for bacteria that causes bad breath. Brush at least twice a day and floss once a day to put the brakes on bad breath.

Much of the ‘bad’ bacteria that causes bad breath grows at the back of the tongue. Clean your tongue as far back as you can with out feeling sick. The best tool to use is a tongue scraper, which most chemists should stock, or they are easy to buy online

Tip #2 – keep your gums healthy

Another cause of bad breath is gum disease. This occurs when bacteria gathers in areas at the base of your teeth, which can create an unpleasant smell. Gently brushing your gums and flossing can help, but getting expert assistance from your dentist on how to resolve the gum disease will more likely combat the problem of bad breath and ensure the overall health of your oral cavity.

Tip #3 – rinse your mouth

In addition to brushing and flossing, the right mouthwash can add an extra layer of defence against bacteria. Choose a mouthwash, such as Listerine, that kills germs rather than just masking the smell of bad breath.

If you’re out and about without your mouthwash, rinse with tap water after eating.

Tip #4 – avoid smelly foods and don’t skip eating

Bad breath can be caused by stronger smelling foods. Think garlic, onions, stronger spices, ripe cheeses, and coffee. The issue is that brushing does not necessarily remove the smell. The simplest way to avoid this issue is either to avoid the food itself, or avoid people for a while after eating the food.

Not eating for long periods can also make for a stinky breath. Our stomach starts to release acids and gases that give off a foul smell, so eating regular meals helps keep breathes smelling fresh.

Tip #5 – visit your dentist

If you notice that you still have persistent bad breath even after following the tips above, then it is time to schedule a visit with your dentist. Your dentist will check for any issues that may be contributing to your bad breath and can recommend additional measures you can take.

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