How to Combat Bad Breath?
It’s February and love is in the air, but one thing that can really turn off your Valentine is bad breath.
Also known as halitosis, bad breath can be caused by a variety of things from poor oral hygiene and diet to unhealthy habits and illness.
Try these tips to combat bad breath, but most importantly, don’t be embarrassed to talk to your dentist or Dr. Marra about issues with bad breath.
Chronic bad breath can be a sign of infection in the mouth or another health concern in the body.
Some medications also can produce foul breath. Check out the 9 tips on how to combat halitosis or what is known as bad breath.
Combating bad breath with these 9 Easy Steps
#1 Review your Oral Hygiene Habits
Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day are essential to good hygiene and fresh breath. Food particles left lingering in your mouth can be the source of smelly breath.
#2 Brush your Tongue
Bacteria live in your mouth, especially on the back of the tongue. Lightly brush your tongue or use a tongue scraper to remove residue from the tongue.
#3 Hydrate with Water throughout the Day
Dry mouth is one of the big causes of bad breath. Keep your mouth moist and wash away bacteria from your teeth by frequently drinking water.
#4 Avoid or Limit Odor-producing Foods from your Diet
Garlic and onions are the worst offenders. The foul-smelling sulfur compounds are absorbed into your bloodstream and released when you exhale. Brush and floss immediately after eating foods known to cause bad breath.
#5 Watch your Coffee and Alcohol Intake
These drinks can have a drying effect on the mouth and reduce the production of saliva.
#6 Stop using Tobacco Products
Not only is smoking and chewing tobacco harmful to your over all health, it gives your breath an unpleasant odor.
#7 Snack on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Munching on crisp apples or carrots increases the production of salvia in your mouth and washes bacteria from your teeth, gums and tongue.
#8 Chew Sugarless Gum
After meals, chew sugarless gum for a few minutes to loosen food particles from your teeth and gums. Chewing gum also increases the flow of saliva in your mouth to wash away bacteria.
#9 Power up on Parsley
The fresh green garnish contains chlorophyll, a known breath deodorizer. Simply chew on a spring of fresh parsley or blend it into your favorite shake or smoothie.