Nothing can put a damper on your social life quite like halitosis. But what can you do to stop bad breath? Often, this issue is related to our oral hygiene. Taking better care of our smiles can help us avoid the onset of bad breath. We’re looking at a few simple steps you can take to remain free of halitosis.
Altering Your Diet
Certain foods and drinks can increase the risk of poor breath. Frist, eating foods with a lot of onions and garlic can have a major negative impact. Coffee, while the key to getting most of us on the road in the morning, can also promote dry mouth. Dry mouth is a major cause of halitosis, as the moth doesn’t have the saliva to help rinse away bacteria and food particles, leading to bad breath as bacteria break down food particles.
Improving Daily Oral Hygiene
Gum disease and dental infections have also been linked to halitosis. To avoid these issues, and maintain a healthy smile in the process, you need to:
- Brush your teeth twice a day (in the morning and again before bed) for two minutes each session
- Floss every night before going to bed
Sounds simple enough, right? Well, it is! By taking these steps, you help remove food particles and harmful bacteria.
Seeing Your Dentist
We also suggest seeing your dentist every six months. Drin these routine visits, we will perform a dental cleaning. The procedure involves removing all plaque and tartar from the teeth, followed by a through polishing of the teeth. These steps can help you avoid halitosis, while also safeguarding your smile against gum issues (like gingivitis an gum disease) and tooth decay.
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