Everyone deals with it once in a while. You go up to your coworkers and try to strike up a conversation, only to be given a cringy look and offered a stick of gum or mint. Not only have you embarrassed yourself, but you’ve made it look like you don’t practice proper oral care, even if you do!
That’s why your dentist in Coeur d’Alene is giving patients five ways to cure bad breath for good.
Tip #1: Reevaluate Your Oral Care
Even if you practice oral care daily, it may not be the amount your dentist or the American Dental Association recommends. For example, if you only brush once a day or never floss, you’re missing large amounts of plaque and food debris that often get caught in the deep pockets of your teeth and gums.
For optimal breath, brush twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste, floss once a day, and consider incorporating a mouth rinse into your routine. Make sure the mouth rinse is designed to kill germs that cause bad breath.
Furthermore, most bacteria prefer to gather on the tongue because of its warmth and many crevices to hide away in. Always end your brushing routine by cleaning your tongue. Gently scrub it with either a soft-bristled toothbrush or tongue scraper.
Tip #2: Mind Your Diet
You may think that brushing after eating garlic or drinking coffee will remove its aroma, but this isn’t the case. The foods you eat can still make it into your blood stream and eventually to your lungs, causing you to breathe out their scent. In this case, you truly are what you eat, so avoid foods that cause bad breath in the first place.
Tip #3: Stop Using Tobacco
Not only does tobacco use heavily contribute to gum disease (which also causes bad breath) but tobacco stains teeth and leaves not just your breath smelling bad, but your clothing as well. Do your oral health and breath a favor and kick the habit through nicotine patches, quit-smoking programs, or prescription medications from your doctor.
Tip #4: Consider Breath Boosters
Instead of chewing after-dinner mints (which are usually high in sugar), switch to sugarless gum instead. Gum that’s either made with Xylitol or ADA-approved can stimulate saliva production. This will help keep the mouth moist and wash away bacteria, plaque acids, and food debris after meals. A dry mouth is bad breath’s best friend.
Tip #5: Visit Your Dentist in Coeur d’Alene
If bad breath remains even after trying these tips, it could be an indicator of something more serious, including gum disease, unmanaged diabetes, infections, or other serious diseases. You’ll also want to inform your dentist of any medications you’re taking, especially if they cause dry mouth.
Don’t let bad breath ruin your social life. Schedule an appointment with your dentist today!
About the Author
Dr. Filip Orban earned the title of Best Dentist in both 2013 and 2014 while practicing in Idaho. He was also listed as one of “America’s Top Dentists” by Consumers Research of America in 2016 thanks to his commitment to helping patients achieve optimal oral health. To learn more about his practice or tips on reducing bad breath, contact him through his website.