Is bad breath cramping your style? Bad breath, which is also known as halitosis, can cause embarrassment or shame. Our dentist and team are happy to share some simple things you can do at home to fight gum disease.
One of the simplest ways to combat bad breath is to drink enough water. Hydration is important so that the mouth can produce enough saliva. Saliva is very important to oral health because it helps clean and rinse the mouth.
Brushing and flossing are not only important to your oral health, they are an integral part of fighting or preventing bad breath. When brushing and flossing are neglected, the food particles and bacteria that linger in the mouth can cause bad breath. We recommend that you brush your teeth twice each day and floss once daily.
Clean Your Tongue
Bacteria and compounds can form and collect on your tongue that put off an unpleasant odor. Cleaning your tongue regularly can help fight halitosis. To clean your tongue, either brush your tongue from back to front or use a tongue scraper.
Mouthwash should never replace brushing and flossing your teeth. However, using mouthwash regularly can help in the fight against bad breath.
You likely know that foods like onions and garlic can cause bad breath. Did you know that acidic foods and foods high in fructose can also cause halitosis? Because of this, we suggest that you avoid these foods. Choose instead foods that increase saliva flow, like:
– Whole grains
– Orange and dark green vegetables
If you need additional help with fighting bad breath in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, we welcome you to contact Dental Arts Of Drexel Hill at (610) 449-1513 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Justin J Deutsch.