Bad Breath- How to Eliminate it?
If you’ve suddenly started noticing that people tend not to get too close to you while you’re talking, if your partner is pulling away early from your kisses, or if you can just smell it, you might be experiencing bad breath. This is an embarrassing situation that no one wants to go through, so here are a few ways you can get rid of your bad breath.
Brush and Floss More Often
One simple solution would be to try to brush and floss your teeth more. Plaque collects bacteria and causes bad breath. So does trapped food. If you’re already brushing twice a day and flossing once, try bringing your toothbrush to work with you so that you can brush after lunch. Don’t overdo it, though. Brushing too hard and too much can wear your teeth down, making them vulnerable to decay.
Mouthwash not only freshens your breath, but it also gets rid of bacteria that will cause bad breath. It doesn’t just cover up the smell. Mouthwash will get to the root of the problem. Make sure to use a fluoride mouthwash to strengthen your tooth enamel while you’re at it.
Scrape Your Tongue
The coating that forms on your tongue can be a host for all kinds of smelly bacteria. Gently brush your tooth with your toothbrush to get rid of the bacteria. You can also try a scraper. Many toothbrushes actually have a tongue scraper on the back.
Skip the Mints, Go for Gum
When you’ve finished eating, you might try a nice mint to freshen your breath. This is actually one of the worst things you can do in the long run. Bacteria love sugar. They use it to make acid, which wears down your teeth and causes bad breath. Sugar-free gum, on the other hand, stimulates saliva in your mouth, which is a natural defence against plaque and bad breath.
Keep Your Gums Healthy
Gum disease causes bad breath. Bacteria gathers in pockets at the base of the teeth, causing tooth decay. If you have gingivitis or other gum disease, see a periodontist to help come up with a treatment plan.
Quit Smoking Tobacco
Tobacco is known for giving people bad breath, in addition to giving you cancer and staining your teeth. If the main reason for your bad breath is tobacco smoking, it’s time to kick the death sticks out the door.
Consider Other Causes
Tooth decay often has a distinct odour. You can taste and smell it. If you have had a root canal in the past or perhaps an infection in your wisdom teeth, you might experience that odour that can be contributing to your bad breath. See your dentist to determine if this is the case for you and what treatment will be needed.