Whether caused by bacteria, dry mouth, gum disease, or even the food and drinks we consume, everyone has experienced bad breath at some point. But bad breath isn’t a permanent issue – with the right prevention techniques and treatment, you can keep your mouth smelling fresh all day long. So, how can you ward off bad breath?
- Brush and Floss
By brushing twice a day and flossing once a day you can remove foul odors from your mouth and prevent bad breath throughout the day by removing the odor-causing bacteria. If you just ate something really pungent, brushing and flossing can also help eliminate the smell and remove any food particles that could cause the smell to worsen.
- Drink Plenty of Water
Water can help get rid of stinky breath in a pinch. Drinking lots of water cleans your mouth of harmful bacteria and clears debris from between your teeth, making it an easy fix to bad breath
- Cut Back on Coffee, Alcohol, and Smoking
There’s nothing worse than having “coffee breath” or smelling like smoke. Both coffee and smoke can cause bad breath. The caffeine found in tea and coffee can dry your mouth out. Similar to coffee, smoking or using tobacco products reduces the saliva flow in your mouth and leaves a smelly residue in your mouth. Alcohol can also cause dry mouth, which creates the perfect environment for odor-causing bacteria to grow. Unfortunately, this is true whether you drink wine, beer, or hard liquor – any type of alcohol can make your breath stink for up to 8-10 hours after you finish drinking
- Chew Sugarless Gum
Chewing gum can increase your saliva production, which washes away food acids and bacteria from your mouth. Not only will chewing gum give you fresher breath, but it can also help prevent cavities from forming. For best results, look for sugar-free gum made with xylitol – it will not only help with bad breath but it will give you less of a chance to cause cavities.
But more importantly, coming in for regular checkups allows us to detect any major issues that may be causing bad breath, like chronic dry mouth or gum disease. At AquaSprings Dental, we’ll identify the cause of your issue and work with you to find the right solution for you. Schedule your appointment with us today!