Most people know the feeling of waking up in the morning with foul smelling breath. However, for many, bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a more frequent and frustrating problem. In fact, about 80 million Americans suffer from chronic halitosis and many don’t know how they can get rid of it. Fortunately, your dentist in Houston has some tips that can help to alleviate bad breath and prevent it before it even occurs. Continue reading to learn how you can go about your day with a fresh smelling smile.
Brush Twice Daily
You know that you should be brushing your teeth twice a day, but many people skip over their nighttime brushing, setting themselves up for bad breath in the morning. It’s super important that you brush your teeth at least twice every single day for two minutes each time. You could try an additional round of brushing with baking soda as well. This will reduce the acidity in the mouth and make it more difficult for bacteria to grow.
Floss Every Day
There are certain areas of the mouth that you cannot properly clean with your toothbrush. This is why you’ve been told to floss every single day. This will help to clean away food debris, plaque, and bacteria from between the teeth and beneath the gumline.
Use a Mouth Rinse
Using a mouth rinse helps to wash away any leftover bacteria and food debris that you couldn’t remove from regular brushing and flossing. However, if you are suffering from chronic halitosis, using mouthwash only masks your bad breath and doesn’t attack the issue from its source.
Clean Your Tongue
Your tongue can also build up food debris and bacteria. Whenever you brush your teeth, don’t forget to take some time to clean your tongue as well. You could either use your toothbrush and brush away the residue on your tongue, or you could invest in an inexpensive tool called a tongue scraper. These can be found at your local drug or grocery store.
See Your Dentist
In addition to getting a professional cleaning, your dentist will be able to rule out any underlying issues that could be contributing to your halitosis. They also may refer you to a family physician or specialist if they believe that your bad breath is caused by an internal source such as an infection. Either way, they can help you get to the root of the problem so you can find an effective solution.
Smoking is linked to bad breath because it tends to dry out your mouth. It also leaves an unpleasant smell behind that often lingers even after a thorough brushing. Talk to your doctor, friends, and family about the best ways that you can quit.
Staying hydrated throughout the day is crucial in order to avoid dry mouth, a common culprit of bad breath. Drink about six to eight cups of water every day. This also helps to wash away food debris and bacteria in your mouth.
Chew Sugar-Free Gum
Sugar-free gum is effective against bad breath because it stimulates saliva production. This will help to wash away food particles and bacteria that is causing halitosis.
Have a Healthy Snack
Crunchy fresh fruits and vegetables are great for your smile because they step up the saliva flow in the mouth. They can also alleviate bad breath that is caused by fasting or hunger. Try snacking on apples, carrots, or celery.
Dealing with halitosis can be frustrating and even embarrassing. By taking these steps, you can expect to have a fresher smile that won’t hold you back.
About the Author
Dr. Donald F. Tamborello is a well experienced dentist who has been offering quality care at his practice in Houston for more than three decades. He earned his dental degree from the University of Texas and is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry. If you have been struggling with halitosis, Dr. Tamborello would be happy to help you combat this common issue. To learn more or schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (713) 522-7540.