Bad breath can cause embarrassment and even withdrawal from family and friends. Using breath mints and sprays can minimize the symptoms for a short time, but unless you eliminate the root cause of your bad breath, it will continue to return.
Bad breath is almost always the result of the buildup of bacteria in the mouth. When you speak or breathe, air will pass over the bacteria, carrying a foul smell with it. Luckily there are ways you can avoid this problem while keeping your mouth and teeth healthy in the process.
Keeping Your Breath Fresh
Brush Daily – This one seems obvious, as we all know that it’s important to thoroughly brush our teeth at least twice a day. However, the step that many people skip is to brush their gums as well. Avoiding the gum line will allow bacteria to build up, causing gum irritation and bad breath. Make sure your use a soft-bristled brush to brush your teeth and gums at least twice daily.
Use a Tongue Scraper – Your tongue is the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive. Tongue scrapers will help you to get rid of the bacteria that may have set up shop on your tongue. These disposable scrapers are used to scrape the tongue from the back to the front and then discard.
Avoid Stinky Foods – It makes sense that the foods we put in our mouth will affect the way our breath smells. However, in addition to smelly foods, you should also avoid sugary foods as well. More sugar means more stinky bacteria.
Get Regular Dental Cleanings – Lastly, receiving regular dental cleanings and exams at our office is a great way to clean off any plaque you may have missed and start over fresh and clean. Our skilled hygienists know all the hiding spots for bacteria and can make sure your mouth is completely bacteria-free.
To make an appointment for your regular dental cleaning and exam, please contact SpringRock Dental. Our office is located in Aurora, CO.