Having bad breath is an offensive thing and it will let us down. It affects our confidence when communicating with people. Healthy teeth and gums mean much more than a pretty smile. To help freshen your breath let me share with you things you can do for a healthier mouth and fresh breath.
• Practice daily dental hygiene – brush your teeth following meals and floss daily to remove food particles and plaque from between your teeth. Also thoroughly and gently brush your tongue. It’s host to all sorts of bacteria. If you wear a bridge or partial or complete denture, clean it thoroughly at least once a day or as directed by your dentist.
• Keep your mouth moist – drink plenty of water (not coffee, pop or alcohol) to keep saliva flowing. Chewing gum (preferably sugarless) also stimulates saliva, washing away food particles and bacteria.
• Beware of odor-causing foods and beverages – when you’re especially concerned about your breath, avoid foods such as garlic, onions, fish, milk, eggs, cabbage, legumes, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, coffee and alcohol.
• Visit your dentist regularly – regular cleaning of your teeth by a dental professional can help eliminate oder-causing plaque.
• Keep breath mints (preferably sugarless) or mouth- wash handy – these products may not all fight bacteria, but in a pinch they can help disguise bad breath. If bad breath persists, see your dentist. If the cause isn’t dental, see your doctor to determine the possible medical cause.