Improving Your Breath
Nobody wants to be around someone that has bad breath (halitosis). You can avoid being that person with a few breath enhancing tips. Take charge and keep your breath sweet!
- Pay attention to your breath. Simply realizing that your breath may be offensive is a first great step.
- If your breath does not smell good shortly after you brush, you need to see your dentist and ask why. Don’t wait months for your next check up. Most than likely, you have decay or gingivitis starting and your dentist can help.
- Carry sugar free gum or mints with you to take after you eat, if you can’t brush. Attempt to at least rinse out your mouth after you eat and before consuming the gum or mints. Chewing gum or eating mints stimulates saliva and kills germs that cause bad breath.
- Visit your dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning and an oral exam. This will reduce the chances of periodontitis.
- Stop all tobacco use.
- Drink plenty of water to keep your mouth moist.
- Tell your dentist about any medications you take and any foods you think may cause your halitosis.
- Ask your dentist about antiseptic mouth washes that actually kill germs that may be causing bad breath.
- Practice good oral hygiene including regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing. Brush your teeth and tongue. If you wear dentures, clean them thoroughly.