The Cause of Bad Breath
Bad breath can be embarrassing, but just know you’re not alone. A lot of people struggle with bad breath; and while some of the causes of bad breath are minor, others can lead to bigger issues. We are here to dissect all of the causes of bad breath and give you some tips to help keep bad breath away. Here are just a few causes:
- Not maintaining your oral hygiene
- Health problems
How to Prevent Bad Breath
Brush Your Teeth
While it may seem like a chore, brushing your teeth is extremely important in keeping your teeth and your oral hygiene in check. It is recommended that you brush your teeth for around two minutes, twice a day.
Another important step to include in your everyday hygiene routine is flossing. Some people often skip this step because they don’t know how to floss correctly, but we’re here to help remedy that! The first step in flossing is placement. Start by wrapping the floss around your middle fingers, holding it in place with your thumb and forefinger. Now, you’ll begin flossing. You will want to take the floss and make a C-shape in between the teeth. And that’s it, it’s actually a lot easier than one may think and will improve the look and feel of your gums and teeth.
Scrape Your Tongue
This might sound like a daunting task, but it will help in removing bacteria and food that has clung to your tongue. You can purchase a tongue scraper at any drug store and they work wonders. Every morning and evening, after you have brushed and flossed, go ahead and give your tongue a thorough scrape. Not only does scraping your tongue help prevent breath, but it also helps improve your taste buds.
Mouthwash is great for many purposes. For starters, mouthwash can temporarily reduce bad breath. On top of that, it can make your teeth whiter and cleaner! Using mouthwash is a simple task you can throw into your oral hygiene routine.
Visit the Dentist Regularly
Make sure that you are getting regular cleanings! Visiting your dentist every 6 months for check-ups will help improve the health of your teeth and the surrounding bone structure. With every check-up, your dentist will do an analysis of your teeth and gums and make sure that everything is looking healthy.
Smoking causes bad breath because some of the chemicals found in tobacco end up in your lungs and others remain in your mouth. This can be a leading cause of Halitosis.
Another side effect of smoking is dry mouth. Inhaling the smoke causes your mouth to dry out and can lead to Halitosis and Gingivitis.
Drink Plenty of Water
We’ve all had a case of morning breath. When you are sleeping throughout the night, your mouth becomes dry; and the bacteria in your mouth begins to multiply. Luckily, there is an easy cure for morning breath! Make sure that you are staying hydrated during the day to prevent bacteria from forming and multiplying.
Make Sure Your Saliva is Flowing
While this tip may seem gross, it is something that is often overlooked. Your saliva acts as a neutralizer and needs to be maintained. One way you can keep your saliva flowing is eating healthy, chewy foods; carrots, celery, and apples are all great choices. Another way to activate your saliva is to switch to sugar-free gum and candy.
We hope that these tips are helpful in preventing bad breath. If you try these tips and don’t see a difference in your breath, make an appointment with your dentist. If you would like more information and tips on keeping your breath smelling fresh, speak with Dr. Kulesa today!