Having chronic bad breath can cause people to feel embarrassed and even begin to withdraw from friends, family, and social engagements. Using breath mints, mouthwash, and chewing gum can help mask bad breath for a short time but won’t eliminate the root cause of the bad breath.
Bad breath is usually the result of the buildup of plaque and bacteria on the teeth and gums and in the mouth. Because of this, when you breathe or speak, the air passes over the bacteria and carries the smell with it. Luckily there are ways to help yourself and your family avoid bad breath.
Keeping Your Breath Fresh
Avoid Stinky Food – It’s reasonable to think that the food we eat will have an effect on the way our breath smells. If you’re concerned about your breath, avoid stinky foods and sugar. Sugar will contribute to the bacteria that causes the foul odor in the mouth.
Brush Every Day – We all know the importance of brushing daily. You should be brushing at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, and making sure you’re brushing your gums as well. If you’re not brushing your gum line, bacteria may begin to build up, causing bad breath and gum irritation.
Use a Tongue Scraper – Your tongue is the perfect environment for plaque and bacteria. Disposable tongue scrapers will help you get rid of the bacteria that live on your tongue. These disposable scrapers can be found where other oral health products are sold. Use the scraper by scraping the tongue back to front and then discarding.
Get Dental Cleanings – Lastly, the best way to make sure your mouth and teeth are clean is by visiting Meadows Family Dentistry every six months for a cleaning and an exam. Our professional hygienists are able to get all the bacteria, plaque, and tartar that has built up in your mouth, leaving your mouth feeling clean and fresh!
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Dr. Preston Polson has been practicing dentistry for over 15 years. Dr. Polson received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Colorado and completed a one-year Hospital based General Practice Residency in Burlington, Vermont. Dr. Polson continues to receive advanced training in restorative, cosmetic, implant, and reconstructive dentistry in an effort to provide each patient with the highest quality dental care possible.