prevent bad breath

4 Tips to Prevent Bad Breath

Everyone gets bad breath from time to time but you can take steps to prevent bad breath and even get rid of it completely. If you suffer from chronic bad breath, or halitosis, you should inform your dentist as it may be a sign of something more serious. At Lifetime Family Dental, your oral health is important to us. We want to help you prevent bad breath with the following four useful tips.

1. Drink More Water

Brushing your teeth after every meal is the ideal way to eliminate bacteria, but it’s not always the most practical solution. Drinking water or rinsing with water after you eat washes away food particles and keeps your mouth clean. The harmful bacteria that cause plaque, bad breath, cavities, and gum disease can’t build up in a clean mouth.

Did you know that having bad breath in the morning is typically caused by your mouth drying out overnight? Water is a simple, natural way to prevent bad breath. Drinking water keeps your mouth hydrated, which is essential to your oral health. Saliva naturally fights off some of the bacteria in your mouth, but cannot do its job when your mouth is dry. 

2. Eat a Healthy Diet

A healthy diet benefits many parts of your body, mouth included. When you implement a healthy diet, your mouth becomes better equipped to prevent bad breath. Sugar and starch cause the bacteria in your mouth to produce acids that wear away at your protective tooth enamel. It’s best to avoid sugary and starchy foods as much as possible. 

If you want a healthy mouth, look for foods that are high in fiber and calcium. Healthy fruits, vegetables, and other foods benefit your oral health in a variety of ways. For example:

  • Apples and celery can act as a natural toothbrush when you chew by clearing some of the bacteria stuck between your teeth. 
  • Yogurt contains good bacteria that can help combat the bad bacteria in your mouth and reduce bad breath.

3. Freshen Up After Eating

Garlic and spicy foods can linger on your breath. Many turn to mints for a solution, but that can sometimes cause more harm than good. Mints typically only mask bad breath, they do not deodorize it and they are often full of sugar. 

If you can still taste a meal on your breath after eating, there are a better ways than mints to get rid of that bad breath:

  • Chew sugar-free gum
  • Drink milk to reduce the potency of garlic after consumption
  • Chew on fresh parsley leaves (parsley is a natural deodorizer)
  • Drink green tea to temporarily freshen your breath

4. Maintain Excellent Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is the best way to maintain your oral health. Good brushing and flossing habits will prevent bad breath and protect your teeth. Poor oral hygiene causes tooth decay which leads to cavities and even tooth loss. 

For an oral hygiene routine that protects your teeth and prevents bad breath, you should:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Floss at least once a day
  • Brush your tongue
  • Use antibacterial mouthwash
  • Regularly clean your dental appliances (dentures, bite splints, bridges, retainers, etc.)
  • Change your toothbrush every four months
  • Visit your dentist for regular cleanings

Prevent Bad Breath with Teeth Cleanings in Gilbert

Regular teeth cleaning appointments keep your teeth healthy, and help prevent the plaque buildup that causes bad breath. At Lifetime Family Dental, we care about your oral health and want you to be confident in your smile. Call (480) 378-8289 today to schedule an appointment.

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