Pro tip from the Dentist: How to Get Rid of Bad Breath
1. Brush and floss more often.
Plaque and bacteria can collect and cause bad breath. Be sure to brush at least twice a day and floss every day. If you still have problems with bad breath, you can brush and floss more often.
2. Rinse your mouth out.
This can freshen your breath and get rid of bacteria. If you don’t have any mouthwash available, plain water can be used after you eat to get rid of excess food particles.
3. Scrape your tongue.
The coating that forms on your tongue can house smelly bacteria. Brushing your tongue with your toothbrush is a great start. You can also use a tongue scraper if you can’t reach the back of your tongue.
4. Avoid foods that make your breath smell bad.
Onion and garlic can be top offenders. The substances that cause the bad breath make their way into your bloodstream and travel to your lungs, where you breathe them out. If you want to avoid smelly garlic or onion breath, it might be best to abstain if you don’t want to offend!
5. Kick smoking to the curb!
It stains your teeth, it makes your breath smell bad, and it causes cancer. Need we say more?
6. Smack that gum
Sugarless gum helps to stimulate saliva which is the mouth’s natural defense mechanism against plague acids, which cause tooth decay and bad breath.
7. Keep your mouth moist
Chewing sugarless gum can help you make saliva, but you also need to make sure you drink enough water throughout the day to help combat a dry mouth.
8. See one of your doctors
Still battling bad breath? Make an appointment with one of our doctors. They can help diagnose and treat any underlying problems.