Taking good care of your smile can sometimes feel like a chore, but what if…
Chronic Halitosis, or bad breath can be a struggle that impacts many aspects of life. But even if you don’t have long standing bad breath issues, stuff happens, and we all experience stinky breath from time to time. So how can we keep breath fresh?
1. Avoid Alcohol
Alcohol dries out your mouth, which can exacerbate bad breath by allowing for more bacteria growth. So avoid alcohol when you want to keep breath fresh. Maybe go for an alcohol free mouthwash while you’re at it.
2. Use a Sugar Free Gum to Freshen Up
Sugar free Gum is easy on the teeth, and hard on bad breath. Sugar free gum comes in many types, but one sticks out a little higher above the rest. Look for sugar free gum with Xylitol if you can.
3. Keep your Tongue Clean!
A Tongue scraper is easy to find at any drugstore, and can help keep your tongue clean, preventing build up of bacteria in the nooks and crannies of your tongue. If you can’t get a tongue scraper, brushing your tongue works just as well to keep your breath fresh.
4. Keep Hydrated
As mentioned before, dry mouth exacerbates bad breath, allowing for bacteria to grow. Drinking water frequently not only helps to keep your mouth cleaner overall by washing away particles of food, but it also helps prevent dry mouth, and encourages good saliva production, keeping your mouth moist and may reduce bacteria growth.
5. Eat Healthy
Eating crunchy healthy foods like carrots, apples, etc can actually help keep teeth cleaner, Something that may keep your breath fresh.
6. Avoid Foods That Contribute
Coffee, Garlic, etc. Certain foods do produce a smell that may make it harder to combat bad breath. To keep breath fresh, avoid these foods if you can.
7. Eat Probiotics.
One cause of bad breath can be gut health. So use yogurt or any other source of probiotics, to encourage good gut health.
Call our Soldotna Dental Office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.