If you have bad breath, it's more than just an embarrassment. It can be a sign of poor dental health. Bad breath can be caused by several things, including tooth decay, gum disease, dry mouth, bacteria on the tongue, tobacco use, dehydration, and certain foods.
Brush your teeth after you eat
Bacteria that cause bad breath thrive on food particles left behind in your mouth. Brushing your teeth directly after a meal can help remove these food particles. If you don't have time to brush after eating, try chewing a piece of sugar-free gum. Chewing gum helps stimulate saliva production, which also helps wash away the bacteria responsible for bad breath.
If you don't want to chew gum, consider using an alcohol-free mouthwash. Mouthwashes contain chemicals that work to kill bacteria that cause bad breath. Keep in mind, however, that mouthwash is only a quick fix and should not be used as a replacement for brushing or flossing.
If you are unable to brush or floss after every meal, you should still try to brush at least twice a day and floss daily. This is the best way to get rid of residual food and prevent bacteria from living in your mouth.
Schedule regular dental checkups
It is recommended to schedule a dental checkup every six to twelve months, depending on your needs. During these visits, our team will examine your teeth and gums to determine if you have any cavities or other dental problems that need to be treated. We will also perform professional teeth cleaning to remove any plaque buildup on your teeth that is causing bad breath. Regular teeth cleanings combined with good at-home oral care habits will help keep the harmful bacteria at bay, thus preventing the occurrence of bad breath.
Floss at least once a day
Even if you have the most thorough oral hygiene routines at home, flossing still plays an important role in fighting bad breath. Food particles can easily hide in the cracks between teeth, and brushing alone won't adequately remove them. It is important to floss each night before bed to remove the food debris from your mouth and prevent it from building up over time.
The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day and brushing twice a day for optimal oral health.
To learn more, visit Dr. Ernie Soto at 10187 Cleary Blvd. Suite 103, Plantation 33324, or call (954) 368-626.