When you have bad breath, your confidence takes a big hit. You may avoid talking to people, which can affect your work and love life. Popping a mint or chewing gum can help, but how do you prevent bad breath in the first place?
What Causes Bad Breath?
The most common cause of bad breath is the buildup of bacteria in your mouth. The bacteria that live in plaque and tartar produce odors. If you aren’t brushing and flossing well enough, bacteria accumulate. Poor oral hygiene makes you more vulnerable to gum disease and tooth decay, which also contribute to bad breath. Mouth dryness, tobacco use, and certain health issues (like kidney disease) play a role, as well.
How to Prevent Bad Breath
Here are four tips that help prevent bad breath:
- Brush and floss better
- Brush your tongue
- Stay hydrated
- Adjust your diet
Improving your oral hygiene prevents odor-causing bacteria from building up in your mouth. Brush at least twice a day and floss once a day. Regular visits to Prestige Family Dentistry for professional cleanings and exams are another important part of good oral health.
While you’re brushing your teeth, don’t neglect your tongue! Bacteria live on the surface of your tongue as well as your teeth. Giving your tongue a good brush keeps it clean and healthy.
Saliva is your mouth’s natural cleanser. It washes over your teeth, removing bacteria. Your saliva production goes down at night, which is why when you wake up, your breath always smells strong. Drinking lots of water throughout the day helps replenish your saliva and avoid dry mouth.
The food you eat affects your oral health and your breath. Sugar-heavy diets are linked to both bad breath and tooth decay, so consider cutting down on sweets. You can improve your breath by eating more healthy foods like fresh vegetables and fruit.
Dental Care at Prestige Family Dentistry
Regular cleanings and exams keep your teeth healthy and fight bad breath. Visiting our Flower Mound office twice a year also helps us catch more serious problems that could be causing bad breath, like a tooth infection. If you have any questions about any of our services or want to book an appointment, please contact us today!