Bad breath, also called halitosis, is an embarrassing condition that can cause suffers to avoid social events or close interactions with others. Bad breath can stem from a variety of reasons including bad dental hygiene or smelly foods. Thankfully, most causes of bad breath can remedied fairly easily so check out our tips to managing bad breath below.
Bad breath can also be a sign of a more serious underlying health or dental problems. If your bad breath is still persistent after trying our bad breath remedies schedule an appointment with one of our dentists to look for the root cause.
1. Drink Plenty of Water
Not drinking enough water can cause dry mouth, a condition when your body produces less saliva than it needs. This causes problems that can lead to bad breath. Saliva is necessary to wash away bacteria and food particles. Without enough saliva the bad bacteria and old food are left in your mouth to fester ultimately leading to bad breath.
2. Avoid Certain Smelly Foods
Certain food odors are difficult to get rid of even after brushing your teeth and flossing. If you need your breath to smell good for a certain date or event skip the onions and garlic!
3. Chew Sugar Free Gum
Breath mints can help cover up odors but chewing sugar free gum is the best because it addresses bad breath on two levels. First, it triggers saliva production which washes away left-over food particles and bad bacteria that cause bad breath. Secondly, like breath mints it’s minty flavor can cover up what is left of your bad breath, making your mouth smell minty fresh.
4. Brush Twice A Day & Floss Daily
Sticky dental plaque, leftover food, and bacteria all buildup on your teeth and gums when you don’t have a good oral hygiene routine. This is the leading cause of bad breath. Brushing and flossing seems like common sense to fight bad breath; however, we’re not perfect and everyone misses a few brushes here or there. If you are noticing you have bad breath, take a look at your oral hygiene routine perhaps you haven’t been as diligent and need to brush/floss more often.
5. Brush Your Tongue
Many people overlook brushing their tongue; however, this is one of the main places bad breath causing bacteria accumulates. If you’re suffering from bad breath make sure you’re brushing your tongue. Many patients also like to use tongue scrapers to make sure they are thoroughly cleaning their tongue and getting rid of all the bad breath causing bacteria.
6. Get A New Toothbrush
If you’re brushing and flossing regularly but not seeing a reduction in your bad breath, try getting a new toothbrush. Toothbrushes should be replaced every 3 months in order to ensure their effectiveness. Also opt for a soft-bristle brush which will sweep under the gum line allowing you to remove plaque building up on the gumline.
7. Use Anti-Bacterial Mouthwash
Anti-bacterial mouthwash can help eliminate odor causing germs that result in bad breath. The mouthwash will also help rinse away any leftover food particles as well.
8. Clean Your Dentures Or Dental Appliances
If you wear a bridge or dentures, make sure to clean it thoroughly at least once a day. Those that have a dental retainer or mouth guard should clean them before you put them in your mouth, however often that is. Ask your dentist for the best cleaning product to reduce bad breath causing bacteria from accumulating on these dental appliances.
9. Stop Smoking
Smoking leaves an unpleasant odor in your mouth that is hard to get rid of just by brushing your teeth. On top of that, smokers also have a higher likelihood of gum disease, which is another source of persistent bad breath. If you’re committed to having fresh breath, quit smoking or using chewing tobacco.
10. Get Checked For Gum Disease
Bad breath that doesn’t go away after brushing may be caused by gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. As gum disease progresses pockets are created between the gum and the teeth hiding bad bacteria that can cause gum decay and bad breath. Other signs of gum disease include bleeding and receding gums. If you think gum disease may be contributing to your bad breath meet with your dentist ASAP to diagnose your gum disease and help you manage the disease.
If you’re suffering from bad breath and can’t figure out a cause schedule an appointment with one of our expert dentists. They will be able to identify any dental issues and get to the bottom of what is causing your bad breath. To schedule an appointment fill out our online form or give us a call 703-822-5583.