Bad breath can be an embarrassing thing to deal with especially when you are socializing and talking with other people. Here are some tips to help freshen up your breath:
1 – Brush and Floss Your Teeth
Trapped food and plaque are a breeding ground for bacteria. Brushing and flossing your teeth not only help keep your mouth and gums healthy, it also helps keep your breath fresh!
2 – Scrape Your Tongue with a Toothbrush/Tongue Scraper
Ever notice that film that forms on the surface of your tongue? It is mostly made up of bacteria that cause smelly breath. Gently use the teeth of your toothbrush or a tongue scraper to help remove the bacteria.
3 – Rinse Your Mouth
Mouthwash helps get rid of bacteria in your mouth and freshens your breath at the same time. If you do not have any handy, rinse your mouth out with water after eating a meal to help get rid of any leftover food particles that may be trapped in your teeth.
4 – Keep Your Gums Healthy
Having healthy gums is extremely important. Help keep them clean by brushing and flossing your teeth. Food particles love to gather in the pockets of your gums and this can lead to both decay and bad breath.
5 – Avoid Foods That Cause Bad Breath and Tobacco
Onions and garlic are notorious for causing bad breath. Try to limit eating foods that are known to cause smelly breath. Chewing and smoking tobacco can lead to gum disease, stained teeth, and bad breath as well as cancer so try to avoid it at all costs.
6 – Chew Sugarless Gum After A Meal
Instead of reaching for some mints after a meal, chew a piece of sugarless gum instead. Mints often contain sugar. Bacteria feed off sugar and create acid which not only lead to smelly breath but cause decay as well. Chewing on a piece of sugarless gum stimulates saliva production which is the mouths natural defense mechanism against bacteria.
7 – See A Dentist
If you still have bad breath after trying all of these techniques, make an appointment to see Dr. Badwalz at Pearl Family Dentistry so that he can help diagnose what is wrong.
The dental practice of Dr. Badwalz,is located at 3178 Collins Drive in Merced. He has been active in the Merced community since 2009. Make sure to visit Pearl Family Dentistry at DrBadwalz.com or you can also find us on Facebook if you’d like to join in on the conversation there. Call us today 209-383-6133 to make an appointment for your six-month check-up or to finish your treatment.