Bad breath is a common issue that affects millions of Americans each year. While occasional bad breath is not typically a big deal, there are many who suffer from constant bad breath. If bad breath is affecting your personal and/or professional life, lifestyle changes may be necessary to help combat the issue.
- Quit tobacco. Tobacco is a harmful substance that has been proven for years to have negative effects on your health. Along with the damage that it does, the strong smell of tobacco only contributes to bad breath – making it far worse. It should be a priority to quit any and all tobacco usage right away.
- Avoid odorous foods and beverages. Face it, certain foods and beverages are just stinkier than others. Coffee, wine, alcohol, onions, garlic, and certain cheeses are all notorious for leaving foul odors behind. The best way to ensure that these do not cause bad breath is complete avoidance of them. However, that is not always possible or desirable. For times when you will indulge in these foods and/or beverages, keep a toothbrush, tooth paste, and mouthwash at hand. Brushing your teeth and rinsing with mouthwash after eating or drinking will help to fight against the lingering odors that tend to hand around.
- Stay hydrated. One of the most overlooked aspects of fighting bad breath is making sure you are drinking enough water. The body depends on adequate amounts of water in order for its parts to function properly. The mouth needs a sufficient amount of saliva to continually keep it moist and to wash away plaque from building up on the teeth and gum line. Plaque is laden with bacteria that work to decompose particles left behind in the mouth. The more water you drink, the less bacteria will be present – thus the better your breath will smell.
- Practice good oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing your teeth on a daily basis are both essential to keeping your mouth clean and your breath fresh. Brushing and flossing work to remove plaque from the teeth in order to prevent cavities, decay, infection, and disease. All types of oral health issues within the mouth will affect how your breath smells. Therefore, making your oral hygiene a priority will prevent bad breath from occurring in the first place.
- Clean oral appliances. All oral appliances are subject to plaque buildup just like the teeth are. As the appliances remain in the mouth, they are constantly assaulted by bacteria. Dentures, retainers, and dental aligners can all contribute to bad breath if they are not properly cleaned on a daily basis.
- Visit your dentist regularly. Your dentist is your number one advocate for fighting bad breath. Professional cleanings and thorough exams will help to prevent plaque buildup from occurring. If lifestyle changes have not helped combat your bad breath, your dentist is your best source for getting to the root of the problem and finding an effective solution.
Posted on behalf of Dona W. Prince, DDS
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Dona W. Prince, DDS
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