bad-breath-2Certain foods such as garlic, cause really bad breath. However foods aren’t the only source causing that unpleasant odor that steers away your neighbors. Many other causes contribute as well, thankfully there are many treatments and preventions out there to fight off the “stank.”

Flossing

Most people when brushing their teeth, skip flossing. Whether they think it takes too much time, or perhaps are just plain lazy and/or tired, it’s too important of a step to be missing out on. Flossing effectively removes food and bacteria stuck between your teeth, which contributes to bad breath. Flossing is one of the easiest ways to eliminate bad breath, reaping significant benefits to your oral health. Bad breath can be worse than an embarrassing social issue, it could be a sign of a disease or illness.

Saliva

When your mouth has less saliva than normal, it becomes more vulnerable to plaque-buildup, which also plays a role in your bad breath problem. Drinking alcohol contributes to a dry mouth. No matter how hard you want to give in to the temptation of your bed as soon as you get home from a night out, it’s crucial to your oral health to floss and fight off that bad breath.

You probably have heard the term “morning breath” on more than one occasion. This happens because your saliva stops producing while you sleep. If you’re someone who has been told you have “morning breath”, than flossing as soon as you wake up should be priority.
When dehydration occurs, there is less saliva in your mouth, causing once again that stinky breath and bacteria growth. In one of our previous blogs, we mentioned how important it is to drink water for your oral hygiene. It’s essential in beating bad breath as well, so remember to drink enough fluids and floss daily. The action of chewing food increases the saliva in your mouth too, if you’re one to skip meals, fast, or partake in extreme dieting that could be the route to bad breath.

Tongue Scrapers

Tongue scrapers are great for removing plaque and bacteria stuck on your tongue. Although there is no evidence stating they are any better than using a regular toothbrush. They are beneficial to fighting off bad breath. In addition to tongue scrapers, keeping a fresh toothbrush is imperative as well. If your toothbrush’s bristles are frayed, it’s most likely old and probably starting to give off a nasty odor. Regardless of bad breath, it’s important to remember to replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. You should also dispose of toothbrushes after experiencing a cold or sickness.

The most effective way to prevent and eliminate bad breath is to stay proactive with your oral care. A twice-daily brushing and flossing routine is key in removing any food particles or bacteria. Flossing, increasing saliva, and utilizing the proper dental appliances are great ways to remove bad breath on a minuscule level. However, if you feel a bigger problem exists, it’s very important to schedule an appointment with a dentist today, as you may have a disease or illness that needs immediate attention. Stay on top of your oral hygiene and visit the dentist regularly to ensure a happy and healthy mouth!