8 ways to banish bad breath
No one likes bad breath. It can be an embarrassing problem that many of us experience, but it’s not one you have to live with. Here are 8 ways to banish bad breath:
1. Brush twice a day & floss daily
Let’s start off with an obvious one – brushing & flossing. Brushing your teeth twice a day & flossing properly daily will remove food debris and plaque that can smell.
2. Clean your tongue daily
An important step of your oral hygiene routine that shouldn’t be forgotten is cleaning your tongue. Bacteria stick to your taste buds and release a waste byproduct, which causes an odor, so by scraping your tongue you are removing the bacteria and helping to get rid of the smell too.
3. Drink plenty of water
Water lubricates the mouth and keeps bacteria at bay as it helps to wash away food particles and bacteria. Swap your fizzy drink, alcoholic beverage, coffee or tea for H20, as these drinks contribute to bad breath because of their acidity.
4. Kick the tobacco habit
If you ever needed another reason to quit, here’s an easy one: it gives you bad ‘smoker’s breath’. Over 4,000 chemicals pass through your oral cavity each time you smoke and many of them end up collecting on the surfaces inside your mouth.
5. Choose foods carefully
If you’ve got a meeting, interview or a date etc, avoid eating foods that sour your breath, like pungent seasonings, e.g. garlic, onion, vinegar etc. You may have noticed that these smells linger more than other foods and that is because they make their way into your bloodstream and travel to your lungs, where you breathe them out.
6. Skip after-mints and chew sugary free gum instead
Gum stimulates saliva, which helps to wash away food debris and bacteria that cause bad breath.
7. Snack on an apple, or carrot and celery sticks
Snacking on crispy fruits & veg in between meals will produce more saliva in your mouth that will help to wash away bacteria from teeth, tongue and gums that can cause bad breath. Also, snacking on these helps to get rid of bad breath that is caused by hunger, as when your stomach is empty, acids build up that can contribute to bad breathe.
8. Clean your retainer or mouth guard
Many people brush correctly, floss and clean their tongue, but forget to also clean their retainer or mouth guard etc. These dental appliances also require daily cleaning, just as your teeth do, otherwise the plaque build up with cause you to have bad breath.
However good your oral hygiene is, you may still suffer from chronic bad breath, so visit us to rule out any dental problem, which may be causing this.