Five Ways to Prevent Bad Breath

Five Ways to Prevent Bad Breath

If you’ve struggled with bad breath, you are not alone. Also known as halitosis, this issue may be either a temporary or chronic problem. Either way, it can be a cause of anxiety, especially in social situations. While gum and mints can provide a temporary fix, here are five ways to stop bad breath at the source.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

Properly taking care of your teeth is the first line of defense. This entails brushing twice daily, flossing once daily and making sure to brush your tongue. Along with leaving your mouth minty fresh, keeping up with your dental routine can ensure that you are removing the harmful bacteria that lead to bad breath. 

Stay Hydrated

Saliva helps with the removal of debris and bacteria build-up. When dehydrated, there is not enough saliva to help keep your mouth clean, which can result in bad breath. Remember to drink water throughout the day!

Watch What You Eat

Certain foods can directly contribute to bad breath including onions, garlic, and certain spices. These lingering aromas from meals can be a result of the breakdown of food particles in and around your teeth. Swishing with water or chewing sugar-free gum after eating can keep your breath fresh.

Avoid Tobacco Products

Smoking tobacco, in particular, causes foul breath on its own. However, it is made worse by drying out your mouth and thickening saliva, which promotes the growth of bacteria and unpleasant odors.

Visit the Dentist 

The team at Beall Dental Center is here to help you combat bad breath. During a routine cleaning, we can help remove any build-up, thus preventing bacteria from being the cause of halitosis. If you’re experiencing chronic case, we can also get to the source of that. 

For a healthy and happy smile, schedule your next appointment at Beall Dental Center!

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