Are you riddled with bad breath? Are you embarrassed to talk, keeping your mouth closed tightly to keep the bad smell inside? Do you avoid sitting close to people and talking to them? Do people avoid you when you talk? If so, you may have a problem with bad breath.
Luckily, there are ways to prevent bad breath. Here are some ways that may work for you:
- Pick up the slack on your home care. Everyone knows that teeth need to be brushed twice a day. People also know that they should floss daily. However, sometimes life gets in the way, and they don’t take care of their teeth like they should. An effective way to prevent bad breath is by brushing and flossing regularly. If you already brush twice a day and floss once a day, doing them both more often will help with your bad breath.
- Don’t forget about your tongue. Bacteria, plaque, and other things can build up on your tongue, adding to your bad breath. You should brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth. You can also use a tongue scraper, which is even better at removing all of the stinky build up on your tongue.
- Use a good mouthwash. Mouthwash has several purposes. It is used to clean out the remaining bacteria and plaque after brushing. It helps to kill bacteria. Most mouthwashes come in different scents so that you can make your breath smell better.
- Kick the bad habits of smoking and chewing tobacco. Smoking and tobacco use can cause a lot of bad breath (along with other health problems), so you should try to stop. It is really good to quit, not only for oral health but also for your general health.
- Don’t use after-dinner mints. After-dinner mints may help with your breath, but they are not good for you. Bacteria thrive on sugar, so the mint can actually make the problem of bad breath worse. If you are concerned about your breath after meals, chew sugarless gum instead.
- See your dentist regularly. Dental problems can cause bad breath, so routine visits will ensure that your mouth is healthy and any problems are dealt with promptly. Also, professional cleanings will help get rid of extra tartar and build up, especially in areas that you can’t reach.
You may be concerned about your bad breath, but by following some of these simple tips you don’t have to let your bad breath ruin your life. Brush and floss regularly and be sure to visit your dentist every six months. To really freshen up your breath, use mouthwash and sugarless gum too!