Constantly Prevent Bad Breath With These 10 Simple Tips
No one likes bad breath; not you nor your friends and family. Preventing bad breath can be easy, even if it’s a chronic condition, and following the ten simple steps will help you defeat it.
Bad breath, which is also medically referred to as halitosis, is a common dental problem that many people find embarrassing and overwhelming to deal with.
If you visit any dental office or pharamcy, you’ll find lots of gum, mouth wash and toothpastes that promise to fight bad breath. For some who have tried all these products, the problem of halitosis just doesn’t go away or have a permanent effect on bad breath.
The problem is most products that advertised to give you fresh breath only address the symptoms and not the actual cause of the problem.
With that said, I’m going to list some of the best ways bad breath can be combated straight from the source of the problem, and keep your breath fresh and minty most of the time.
One of the surefire ways to hinder bad breath is by;
Brushing after every meal
Brushing your teeth after meals does prevent bad breath. One of the way bad breath is caused is through plaque buildup.
Eliminating plaque and it’s mild odor reduces the contribution to the effects of bad breath and will always keep your teeth strong and healthy if done in conjunction with other oral care methods.
Brush after every meal and always rinse your mouth out vigorously. This will dislodge any remaining food that may be lodged between your teeth and begin rotting.
Get a new toothbrush
If your toothbrush has become frayed, it’s time to get a new one. It’s wise to replace your toothbrush at least every 3 months so your brushing actually dislodges food.
If the bristles have become soft and frayed, they won’t do the work they’re supposed to do and can contribute to plaque and food buildup (see above).
Remember when selecting a tooth brush to ensure it’s strong or soft enough for your type of teeth. Your dentist will know exactly what strength of toothbrush you need so consult with her or him if you’re unsure.
Brush your tongue
If have been taught this since we were in school. Brushing your tongue is one of the best ways to rid it of bacteria that causes odor in your mouth.
The tongue can carry a slew of bacteria and if not thoroughly cleaned bad breath will surely ensue. It’s even worse if you smoke or have any serious oral conditions.
Brushing your tongue (while brushing your teeth and with toothpaste) is one surefire way to reduce the effects of bad breath, and another tool you can use is a tongue scraper.
Not sure whether tongue scrapers work? Read this article, and discover the benefits yourself. You’ll probably wonder why you never used one.
Never stop flossing
Sometimes flossing seems like a big chore and for the most part, no one wants to do it. The facts is though that flossing really only takes less than a minute especially if you floss regularly.
Flossing gets rid of the food particles that are stuck in between your teeth and below the gum line which when left unchecked, cause terrible dental problems and contribute to bad breath (see first point above).
There are various types of floss available for every person’s needs so all you need to do is find one that you like and use it regularly. If you have a hard time remembering to floss every day, don’t panic.
Flossing every two days will always be better than not flossing at all.
Always clean your dental appliances
For almost the same reasons as the above points, it may sound odd but cleaning your dental appliances can definitely stave off bad bread.
If you wear dentures, braces or any other form of dental appliance, make sure to properly clean them after removing them and before putting them back in your mouth.
These appliances can carry so many bacteria that cause bad breath and so cleaning them regularly will contribute to the fight against the issue.
Make sure to drink adequate amounts of water daily
Drinking water helps maintain moisture in your mouth. When the mouth chronically loses moisture and becomes dry the effects of bad breath can and usually will set in.
There are certain foods or drinks like coffee and alcohol that can dry out the mouth so it’s important to be sure to intake water throughout the day (or night) to counteract the effects of a dry mouth.
Chew gum which stimulates the flow of saliva
Chewing sugarless gum will not only help to strengthen the muscles of your teeth but will also stimulate the flow of saliva and preventing bad breath.
When saliva is being generated constantly in your mouth you are constantly swallowing of which when doing so has a chance of taking some of the left over food and bacteria with it in your saliva.
Avoid foods that cause bad breath
Depending on the severity of your problem with bad breath, and on the occasion at hand, you may want o avoid foods that cause bad breath.
Onions, garlic and, certain spices and even tomatoes are known to cause bad breath. When these foods are digested and enter your blood stream, they can also manifest through your breath and not just your skin.
Minimizing the intake of certain foods combined with following the sips above can go a long way in keeping your breath fresh and healthy.
Treatment of dental disease
If you have any type of oral issue or gum disease, that could be your main cause of bad breath. Different oral diseases can and generally do generate the type of bacteria that causes bad breath.
Tooth decay, plaque and rotten teeth are all issues that will create a breeding ground for odor-causing bacteria.
If your problem is chronic, and just won’t go away even though you’ve tried all the tips above, you may have some form of a dental disease and at this point, your best bet it so consult with your dentist.
Problems of this nature generally don’t get better and without the assistance of your dentist, they’ll probably only get worse along with your bad breath problem.
Know when to see a doctor
There could be a serious health condition that is causing your bad breath and many contributing factors. For instance lifestyle habits like smoking, drinking, foods we eat, and a lack of oral care can all cause bad breath.
Infections in your mouth and throat from conditions like tonsillitis, certain medications, some forms of cancer and metabolic disorders can be contributing factors.
Before you consult with your dentist, try the tips above and if the problem doesn’t go away in due time, don’t hesitate to make an appointment. It could save your life.