Chronic bad breath can be embarrassing and can even cause withdrawal from friends, family, and other social activities. Using sprays and mints can mask the symptoms temporarily, but until you eliminate the root cause of your bad breath, it will keep coming back.
Bad breath is almost always caused by a buildup of plaque and bacteria in the mouth. When you breathe or speak, air will pass over the bacteria, carrying a bad smell with it. Thankfully, there are ways to prevent and fix the problem, while keeping your teeth and mouth healthy and clean in the process.
Keeping Your Breath Fresh
Below are a few ways to keep your breath fresh:
Brush Every Day – We all know that it’s important to brush and floss every day. However, you should also be remembering to brush your gums as well. Bacteria built up along the gum line will cause gum irritation and bad breath. Use a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste to brush your teeth and gums twice a day.
Avoid Smelly Foods – It makes sense that if you’re eating stinky foods, your breath will be stinky! Sugary foods can also contribute to bad breath because more sugar means more smelly bacteria.
Use a Tongue Scraper – Your tongue, being moist and warm, is the perfect place for bacteria to thrive. Using a tongue scraper will help you get rid of the bacteria that have started to thrive on your tongue. Disposable tongue scrapers can be found by the oral hygiene products. Scrape the tongue back to front and then discard.
Get Dental Cleanings – Lastly, getting regular dental exams and thorough cleanings at Auburn Family Dental is the best way to clean off plaque and bacteria, starting with a fresh, clean mouth.