Bad breath can be an indicator of gingivitis and is a very embarrassing problem to have, but it is a common condition, and there are several ways to prevent and eliminate it. Routine cleanings are crucial to preventing gingivitis because professional cleanings can reach places that brushing and flossing cannot. Many tips that improve your breath will also work to keep your teeth and gums in good condition at the same time. If you are suffering from stinky breath, try these tips to have a mouth that feels fresh and clean.
Brush & Floss
Did you know that plaque, the soft, sticky build up on your teeth that is made up of bacteria, causes odours? To get rid of plaque, you must brush your teeth at least twice a day for two to three minutes at a time. Food trapped between your teeth can also cause plaque, which is why daily flossing is so essential and should not be skipped. You can brush your teeth more frequently but be careful not to overdo it as you can end up harming your teeth and gums if you brush too hard or too often.
Mouthwash doesn’t just instantly freshen up your breath but also gets rid of bacteria. Mint mouth wash tastes fresh, but you must ensure the mouthwash you use will actually kill the germs that cause odours and doesn’t just mask the smell. If you rinse with mouthwash daily after brushing your teeth, you can stop bad breath from forming. An additional tip? Swish with water after eating. Swishing with water can remove food particles from your teeth. Keep in mind that in some cases, a mouthwash could worsen bad breath if it irritates your oral tissue. If this occurs, it’s best to see a dentist for a consultation to determine whether your bad breath is a symptom of an oral health issue.
Don’t Forget Your Tongue!
Brushing your tongue is a step of oral hygiene that many people do not prioritize. You can brush your tongue with your toothbrush but if this feels uncomfortable, purchase a tongue scraper from a local drugstore to remove the bad-breath-causing-bacteria.
The amount of water you drink plays a role in bad breath. Drinking enough water helps you avoid a dry mouth. Drinking six to eight glasses of water per day helps to keep odours under control as the water will wash away bacteria and food particles, which are the primary causes of bad breath.
Mind Your Diet
Your food choices could be causing your bad breath. Two main culprits? Garlic and onions. Did you know that even brushing your teeth after eating garlic or onions it won’t eliminate your bad breath? The best way to stop the problem is to avoid eating them, but obviously, that is not always a practical solution. Attempt to hold off on eating garlic or onions either before seeing friends or going to work. Not all food causes bad breath. Crispy fruit and veggies benefit your breath by stepping up saliva flow, which washes bacteria away from your teeth, tongue, and gums. Carrots and celery are just two examples of healthy snacks that can assist with alleviating bad breath.
Quit Tobacco Products
There are many reasons to quit smoking, but if you needed another, smoking contributes to bad breath. Tobacco can dry your mouth out and leaves an unpleasant smell that will linger even after brushing your teeth.
Visit Your Dentist
At Cranberry Hill Dentistry, we understand that bad breath can be an embarrassing issue that you would want quickly resolved. If you have tried the tips listed above and still feel troubled by bad breath, call us at 905-689-9551 to schedule an appointment. Dr. Aaron Langdon and our dental team can help resolve your concerns and make you feel more confident!