Having bad breath can be a real bummer. It’s a condition that can be caused by certain foods, medications and illnesses, as well as tobacco, dry mouth and poor hygiene. Most people try to combat it by using mouthwash, chewing gum or popping a mint in their mouth, but more often than not, this only temporarily masks the odor.
So, what is one to do? Start by ….
Brushing and Flossing Daily
Cleaning your teeth regularly is an important factor in maintaining fresh breath. Improper brushing and flossing allows food particles to stay stuck between teeth and decay over time. A poor oral hygiene regimen will eventually lead to periodontal (gum) disease and may worsen the existing problem.
Visiting the Dentist Twice Annually
Simply brushing and flossing your teeth each day is not always enough. Bacteria are sneaky and hide in areas that a toothbrush cannot reach, such as deep in the gums and between teeth. Professional cleanings by a dentist get rid of plaque and bacteria in those hard-to-clean areas.
Cleaning your Tongue
The tongue is often a forgotten yet very important area to clean. Bacteria live in the warm, moist area on the back of the tongue, making it a particularly suitable environment to thrive and multiply. Make sure to use your toothbrush or a tongue scraper to remove excess plaque. Place your toothbrush or scraper at the back of your tongue, pull forward, rinse and repeat.
Watching what you Eat
Be mindful of what you eat. The odor from garlic, onions and heavy spices will not completely go away until the food has been completed digested and passed through your body.
If these simple steps don’t help halt your halitosis, consider talking to your dental health provider. He or she might be able to identify any underlying issues.