Do you have bad breath? Don’t feel alone, over 4o million Americans alone suffer from bad breath. Bad breath or halitosis, can cause many to shy away from social activities, be anxious about meeting new people, and just mentally inhibit your every day interactions with people in general. This doesn’t have to be the case though. There are many ways to fix or manage bad breath so that it doesn’t take over your social life. Here is a list of 9 tips that you can do to help fix or manage your bad breath right away.
1. Brush and Floss more Often
I know I know. This seems to be all us dentists want to talk aout, “now be sure to floss everyday and brush after all meals.” Yes, we can sound like broken records at times but there is a reason for all of this repetition, it works! Like anything, it’s human nature to want to look for the shortcut, or to lie to ourselves that these simple everyday dental hygiene habits really don’t matter that much. But they most certainly do. If you do anything on this list, please make sure that this is the one thing that you make a permanent change with in your life. You’ll be very thankful when you get older and don’t have all of these dentist bills that others do not to mention keeping your original teeth!
2. Scrape or Brush your Tongue
Your tongue can be a breeding ground and safe harbor for tons of foul smelling bacteria. This bacteria needs to be removed on a daily basis just as it needs to be removed from your teeth and from in-between your teeth, otherwise bad breath is the by product of not doing so. You can accomplish this task easily enough with your toothbrush, but if you find your toothbrush to big or awkward to get back there effectively, then you can pick up a tongue scraper at most drug stores. Regardless of how you do this, be sure to add tongue scraping to your everyday routine and say bye bye to bad breath once and for all!
3. Avoid Foods that may Sour your Breath
Foods such as onions or garlic can stay on your breath for hours after you eat them even if you do brush after eating them. The reason being is that these foods travel into your bloodstream and lungs to where every time that you breath you will be breathing the remnant odors of these foods too. So try to avoid foods like these within a few hours of any social occasion.
4. Stop Smoking
I think we all know that smoking leaves one of the worst breath odors around, and that quitting will thus eliminate this constant source of bad breath. So kick the habit already and enjoy good breath again as that is just one of the many many benefits to kicking the bad habit or smoking.
5. Rinse your Mouth Regularly
Do you use mouthwash as a part of your everyday dental hygiene routine? If you don’t then don’t feel bad, as easy as rinsing is most people don’t do it. If you rinse with a mouthwash like Listerine before brushing, then it will give you a “pre-wash” if you will, loosening up plaque and killing bacteria before your toothbrush ever even gets going. This will allow for an overall better cleaning of your teeth and mouth and therefore better breath on a daily basis.
6. Chew Gum Instead of Using Mints
Eating mints, or other sugar based candies, will help to promote the growth of bad breath causing bacteria in your mouth. Instead, try chewing sugarless gum as this will help to stimulate the saliva glands to produce saliva which acts as the moths natural defense against bad breath causing bacteria.
7. Keep your Gums Healthy
Gum disease or periodontal disease can be a huge contributing source of bad breath. What happens is pockets of bacteria get caught up in the areas of the gums where they border the teeth. This is usually caused by a lack of proper daily dental hygiene habits, especially a lack of flossing. This bacteria can really cause a foul odor to come from your mouth, or bad breath. So get your gum disease under control and you will also reap huge benefits in the bad breath department as well.
8. Look Out for Dry Mouth
Since saliva is your #1 natural defense against bad breath causing bacteria in your mouth it’s important to always keep the saliva faucet turned on. To do this just simply be sure to not let your mouth ever go dry. Whether you drink water or chew gum it’s important to keep your #1 line of defense against bad breath fighting on your behalf as mush as possible.
In some instances bad breath can be a cause of something else such as a sinus infection, post nasal drip, diabetes, or even liver or kidney disease. If you feel like you have tried everything there is to do and you still don’t have any positive results, then you may want to consult your doctor to see if some of these other health issues may be the root cause. We hope these tips can help to get you on the right track to fixing your bad breath and helping you to live an all around better quality of life starting now!