Fresh breath is something we would all like, but it can be difficult to maintain day in and day out. We have outlined a few practical steps to help you ward off bad breath! When the checklist below is diligently and consistently followed, you can achieve fresh breath!
#1 – Brush 2-3 Times Per Day:
This is one you have probably heard from your dentist many times, but brushing multiple times a day is important because it removes food particles and bacteria from your mouth resulting in fresh breath.
#2 – Floss Daily:
You are probably sick of your dentist telling you to floss. But, flossing is truly essential in achieving fresh breath because it removes food particles between teeth, a place where your toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing fights against plaque build-up and also strengthens gums. If food debris and bacteria are not removed, bacteria in your mouth will feed on it, causing bad breath.
#3 – Brush/Scrape Your Tongue:
Did you know that up to 90% of your bad breath comes from your tongue? Kind of gross right? That’s why investing in and using a tongue scraper is vital to fighting bad breath. Scraping your tongue removes a layer of “biofilm” that acts as a protective shelter and energy source for deeper bacteria. Scraping off this layer will go a long way in fighting bad breath!
#4 – Use Mouthwash:
Everyone loves the fresh taste after using a mouthwash, but be aware that it will only conceal bad breath for a short period of time and in some cases, make it worse. Keep in mind, alcohol free mouthwashes may be better for you because it won’t dry-out your mouth afterwards.
#5 – Drink Water:
Make sure you are drinking 6-8 glasses of water daily to stay properly hydrated and avoid dry mouth. Saliva is essential to moisten your mouth and wash away food particles and bacteria, the leading contributor to bad breath.
#6 – See Your Dentist:
This is the best way to maintain your oral hygiene. Regularly seeing your dentist and hygienist for checkups and cleanings will get you the fresh breath you are looking for!
Dr. King, Dr. Cooper, Dr. Reeve
DISCLAIMER: The advice offered in blog posts is for information purposes only and is generic in nature. We are in no way offering a definitive diagnosis or specific treatment recommendations for your particular situation. Any advice offered is no substitute for proper evaluation and care by a qualified dentist.