Are you constantly worried your breath is bad?
Afraid to get too close to someone, in case your mouth stinks?
You have one chance to make a first impression, we’ll make sure it’s a good one.
It’s to get bad breath–unfortunately. It’s not always easy to get rid of.
What’s causing your bad breath
To fix the problem, we first need to figure out the cause.
Bad breath is caused by bacteria that breed inside your mouth. This bacteria spreads and multiplies, finally breaking down to proteins which cause an odor to be released from the back of your tongue and throat. Yuck!
Let’s fix it
Here are a few of our favorite tips for keeping bad breath at bay.
1) Brush after every meal
Food for thought: Your food supply is also the bacteria’s food supply.
Leaving food particles in your mouth causes plaque, which leads to bad breath. When you floss and brush after every meal, these bacteria will no longer thrive.
2) Clean your tongue
The surface of your tongue is rough and home to a potentially gross smelling combination of dead cells, food debris and bacteria.
Brush your tongue with your toothbrush, or—even better—buy a tongue scrubber. A tongue scrubber is a small device designed to scrape the surface of the tongue. This eliminates even more bacteria.
3) Schedule regular appointments
One of the most common causes of bad breath is not scheduling regular dental appointments. This seems to get overlooked because, as we know, time flies. Our main priorities might not be our dental appointments–even if that practice is detrimental to your dental and overall health.
The professional cleaning process removes tartar from the teeth–which if left untreated could lead to periodontal disease–and identifies any infected areas potentially causing bad breath. Not only will you notice a difference, but your friends and family will too.
4) Wet your whistle
When combating bad breath, keeping your mouth wet is important. Saliva contains oxygen, and oxygen deters bacteria growth. Saliva is naturally anti-bacterial and helps to wash away bacteria.
Another way to eliminate the bacteria that cause stinky breath is to chew sugar-free gum. If none is available, sugar-free, non-sticky candy works well too.
5) Know your food
You may not realize it, but the foods you eat make an impact on your breath. We’ve all been too close to someone who’s just polished off a tuna sandwhich. Run. Run far, far away.
Even red meat can cause bad breath. Meat easily gets stuck between your teeth, breeding bad breath bacteria.
You’re not alone
Bad breath affects around 80 percent of people around the world. Some, chronically.
Don’t be known as the guy with dragon breath. Follow these tips and schedule regular cleanings every six months. If you do, we guarantee you will notice a favorable change.
Changing Lives, One Smile at a Time
Dr. Randall Burba is an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry accredited dentist, practicing in Salem, Massachusetts. He considers himself an artist–with teeth and beyond! He often paints, draws and has a passion for woodworking.