Meta: Here’s how you can prevent occasional bad breath.
Bad breath strikes all of us at one time or another. Whether we missed a brushing (oops!), are taking a medicine that causes changes to the oral microbiome, or had a particularly strong meal it’s not uncommon for the conditions in your mouth get a little unsavory. Worse yet, there are some people with chronic bad breath – an estimated 25 percent of the population!
Thankfully, there are ways to prevent bad breath, whether it’s temporary or regular. Here are some tips and tricks for getting that fresh breath we all desire.
BRUSH, BRUSH, BRUSH
The first place to start when trying to eliminate bad breath is your oral hygiene routine. Are you brushing twice per day for at least two minutes per brushing? Are you flossing at least once per day? Flossing removes bits and particles from between the teeth that can cause bad breath and cavities.
Though sometimes alcohol-based mouthwash is a good way to kill bad breath, it can also sometimes backfire because alcohol dries out the mouth, causing bad breath to worsen. If you are looking for a mouthwash to treat bad breath, look for an alcohol free product, or speak to Dr. Abelar about a prescription mouthwash.
Not everyone scrapes their tongue, and while it’s not necessary, it is helpful at getting bacteria which cause unpleasant odors off the tongue.
AVOID SPICY OR PUNGENT FOODS
If you have frequent bad breath, it could be your diet. If you eat a lot of strong spicy foods or drink a lot of coffee, which in turn can cause bad breath,
We hate to sound like a broken record around here, but quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health and oral health. Lingering smoke can make the breath smell bad, but it can also cause staining of the teeth, cavities, and of course lung cancer. Even if your breath is fresh as a daisy, we still recommend that you quit.
Is it time for your annual or semi-annual dental cleaning with Dr. Abelar? Cleaning plaque and tartar from the teeth is another way to eliminate bad breath, and to ward off any illnesses that could cause bad breath down the line.
To discuss your breath with Dr. Abelar, or to schedule any other type of appointment, please contact the office today!