How Can I Permanently Get Rid of Bad Breath?

How Can I Permanently Get Rid of Bad Breath?

Bad breath is a common problem and can be caused by any number of factors. While regular brushing and flossing at home are important, they are not always enough. Here are a few tips to eliminate bad breath.

Brush your teeth twice daily

Your mouth is teeming with bacteria that cause bad breath and tooth decay. If you consistently brush your teeth and gums twice each day, you can prevent many of these problems from occurring. In addition to brushing, you should also rinse your mouth out with water after meals and snacks to remove the food particles lingering on your lips, tongue, cheeks, and gums. Mouthwash can also help kill some of the bacteria that linger in your mouth.

Floss at least once a day

When it comes to your dental health, flossing is just as important as brushing. Bacteria can easily accumulate between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. This can lead to bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease. By not flossing regularly and letting these bacteria build up in your mouth, you are setting yourself up for serious health problems in the future. Make it a habit to floss at least once every single day. 

Brush your tongue

Tongue bacteria cause bad breath and tooth decay. By brushing your tongue, you remove these bacteria and prevent them from causing these issues. These bacteria are also the cause of tonsillitis and plaque buildup on your teeth.

Brushing your tongue removes these bacteria and keeps them from building up on the tongue and causing issues. 

Clean dentures or dental appliances

If you have a removable dental appliance like a denture, it is important to clean it daily to avoid bad breath and tooth decay. Remove your dentures and clean them thoroughly each day with a brush and water. Soak your dentures overnight in a cleanser to remove food and bacteria that get stuck on their surface. Rinse the cleaned dentures before replacing them in your mouth to avoid irritation.

Avoid dry mouth

Without saliva, bacteria can build up in your mouth and lead to bad breath. Keep your mouth moist by using sugar-free gums and mints. Drink plenty of water throughout the day and avoid drinks that create a dry mouth, like soda and alcohol. You should also avoid smoking or using tobacco products. Talk to your dentist about what you can do to treat your dry mouth.

Regularly get a new toothbrush

The American Dental Association recommends replacing your brush every three to four months or when the bristles start to fray from wear. This helps keep your brushing technique consistent and removes bacteria that collect on the brush over time. A worn toothbrush can’t remove plaque as effectively. Plus, if you don’t change your toothbrush every three months, you’re just putting more bacteria back in your mouth.

Schedule regular dental checkups

A dentist will be able to diagnose the cause of your bad breath and offer treatment to clear it up. He or she will examine your mouth, gums, and teeth for signs of decay or other problems that may be causing your bad breath. If gum disease is the cause, you may need periodontal therapy to treat it. Once these underlying issues are resolved, you’ll have fresh breath. 

To learn more, visit Fleur De Lis Dentistry at 2020 Country Club Road, Suite 130, Lake Charles, LA 70605, or call (504) 495-3331.

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