No one wants bad breath, but everyone gets it—or at least worries about it—at one time or another. Here are some things you can do to keep bad breath to a minimum:
- Eliminate the bacteria and food particles that can cause bad breath. Floss, then brush your teeth, gums and tongue after each meal. Make this easier by keeping floss, toothpaste and a toothbrush in your desk, your purse and your car.
- If you can’t brush and floss, rinse your mouth with water after eating to dislodge food and moisten your mouth.
- Have your teeth cleaned and examined by a dental professional twice a year.
- Learn the proper way to brush and practice what you learn.
- Drink lots of liquids, preferably water, to keep your mouth moist.
- If your mouth feels dry, chew sugarless gum to stimulate production of saliva.
- Avoid mouthwashes that contain alcohol; read the label! Instead, try a mouthwash that contains chlorine dioxide. This compound doesn’t just mask odor, it actually eliminates it at the source by attacking the odor-causing volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs).
- Snack on raw vegetables such as carrots, celery and red peppers. This stimulates production of saliva.
- Use an oral irrigation device such as a Waterpik to remove particles of food wedged between your teeth; portable models are available.
- If you wear dentures or a retainer, clean them frequently, and periodically soak them in an antiseptic solution.
Bad breath that’s resistant to these remedies, or that continues for an extended period of time, should be evaluated by the team at Coburg Dental Group.
You don’t have to live with bad breath. Recognise it, treat it, then kiss it goodbye!