We’ve all had bad breath (or halitosis) at important moments in our lives: on a first date, before a big interview, and so on. Bad breath could be an indicator of gum disease or conditions such as gingivitis. Your teeth, gums, and mouth will hang on to what you eat and drink. But don’t worry, because, in this blog, we’ll give you some tips for preventing bad breath.
Eliminate Bad Breath with These Simple Tips
- Don’t Put Off Brushing and Flossing: Brushing and flossing are the bedrock of good dental health, no matter your age. Procrastinating when it comes to brushing and flossing will quite simply come back to bite you, pardon the pun. We’re all busy people, so if you’re constantly in a hurry, try to remember to bring portable travel versions of both a toothbrush and some toothpaste wherever you go.
- Remember to Clean Your Tongue: The tongue is often overlooked when it’s time to brush teeth. The tongue is just as important as the rest of your mouth when it needs a cleaning. Besides, most of the bacteria and germs that cause bad breath in the first place hang out on your tongue. Pay special attention to the back of your mouth – a convenient breeding ground for more bacteria.
- Watch Your Diet and Exercise: Diet and exercise are vital parts of a healthy lifestyle. They’re essential to good breath, too. Eat more apples, carrots, lettuce, and raw cucumbers, and be more active. Sulfide compounds lurking in your food can trigger worse breath than you had before. Consider consuming more probiotic yogurt, which can fight the compounds.
- Hydration is Important, Too: Staying hydrated is another critical component of a healthy lifestyle. Bad breath could be a sign of dehydration. What’s more is that taking a swig of water can wash away germs and food residue that may be caught between your teeth.
- Avoid Certain Foods and Drinks: Certain food and drinks should be avoided, too. Cutting coffee, soda, and alcohol out of your daily consumption may be like pulling teeth, but you’ll have better breath for it. Also, be sure to quit smoking.
Prevent Bad Breath with Annapolis Dental Care
Whether you need a regular check-up or a tooth extracted, Annapolis Dental Care has the expertise and compassion to work with you on improving your oral health. Your comfort and health are our top priorities and so we go above and beyond to make our patients happy and to provide the highest quality care. To set up an appointment today, please give us a call at 410-571-5014 or visit us online. For more oral health tips for you and your family follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Yelp!