How To Reduce or Prevent Bad Breath
8 things you can do to get a better smelling mouth according to the May Clinic:
- Brush your teeth after you eat. Keep a toothbrush at work to use after eating. Always brush when you first wake up and make it the last thing you do before you hit the hay!
- Floss at least once a day. Proper flossing removes food particles and plaque from between your teeth, helping to control bad breath.
- Brush your tongue. Your tongue harbors bacteria, so carefully brushing it may reduce odors. People who have a coated tongue from a significant overgrowth of bacteria (from smoking or dry mouth, for example) may benefit from using a tongue scraper. Or use a toothbrush that has a built-in tongue cleaner.
- Clean your dentures or dental appliances. If you wear a removable partial or denture, clean it thoroughly at least once a day. If you have a retainer or mouthguard, clean it each time before you put it in your mouth and when you take it out.
- Avoid dry mouth. To keep your mouth moist, avoid tobacco and drink plenty of water -- not coffee, soft drinks or alcohol, which can lead to a drier mouth. Chew gum or suck on sugarless candy to stimulate saliva. For chronic dry mouth, your dentist or physician may prescribe an artificial saliva product to help stimulate the flow of saliva.
- Adjust your diet. Avoid foods such as onions and garlic that can cause bad breath. Eating a lot of sugary foods is also linked with bad breath.
- Regularly get a new toothbrush. Change your toothbrush when it becomes frayed, about every three to four months, and choose a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Schedule regular dental checkups. See your dentist on a regular basis -- generally twice a year to have your teeth or dentures examined and cleaned.
In addition to the above, consider starting a routine with a product like Phillips: Breath RX. Breath RX is a kit that comes with a mouthwash, toothpaste, tongue spray and tongue scraper. Just add flossing to the routine and you have a win-win for healthy gums AND Teeth! If you are concerned your breath is abnormal, please make an appointment today! We are here to help!