Bad breath, or halitosis, can be caused by a variety of factors. Some are temporary and can be easily remedied. Others are more serious and may require treatment. If you have bad breath, here are three tips to get rid of them.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and if possible, after you eat
If your bad breath is caused by food particles that are stuck between and on your teeth, brushing them can help get rid of the odor. It is important to brush your teeth immediately after a meal because plaque can build up quickly after eating. When you eat, your salivary glands release saliva, which helps to rinse away the food that is stuck on your teeth, but when not brushed away, the leftover food can become food for bacteria that are responsible for making your breath smell bad. By brushing within a half hour of finishing your meal, you can help remove this bacteria and prevent the buildup of plaque on your teeth. To get the most benefit out of brushing, you need to brush for at least two minutes each time. That helps get rid of most of the bacteria in your mouth. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush that is in good condition. Replace brushes every three to four months.
Brush your tongue
In addition to brushing your teeth after eating, you should make sure to brush your tongue as well. Bacteria that cause bad breath can live on the tongue, so it is important to clean your mouth of any stray food particles. Food particles left in your mouth will be picked up by the bacteria present on the surfaces of your tongue and teeth and will cause foul odors. Along with flossing each day, brushing your tongue will help to keep both teeth and gums happy and healthy.
Floss at least once a day
Most people don’t floss enough — and that’s a problem! Why? Because flossing cleans the areas of your mouth that your toothbrush just can’t reach. That includes between your teeth and the surface of your gum line. Plaque from these areas can eventually harden into tartar and lead to gum disease. Plus, it can smell bad or cause bad breath. So be sure to floss at least once a day. And if you can’t fit a toothbrush in your mouth, ask your dental hygienist to show you how to do it with an interdental cleaner or a water flosser.
Visit your dentist for regular cleanings
You should also make sure your dentist has up-to-date information on your medical history and the current medicines you take or use. Then, let him or her know about any changes that might affect your oral health.
Finally, it’s a good idea to visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and oral exams. He or she will be able to spot any potential problems early and recommend treatments if needed. That means you can turn things around sooner and keep your smile looking and feeling great for a long time.
To learn more, get in touch with Bonanza East Dental at 4890 E Bonanza Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89110, or call (702) 649-6859 to book your appointment.