We’ve all been there. You’re having an in-depth conversation with someone for hours in the finest Castro Valley restaurant. You are having a great time with this person and you lean in for the kiss, only to be met with an adverse reaction. What happened? Then you realize it. You have yourself a case of bad breath.
There is nothing more embarrassing than finding out you have offended someone with something as simple as your breath. While there can be more serious internal medical issues that caused your bad breath, chances are it is something you are doing that is causing your offensive scent. Things you eat and drink, or if you have a tobacco habit can contribute to this oral condition. Fortunately, these are temporary and can easily be remedied. Here are some suggestions to help you achieve kissably fresh breath:
Brush your teeth — and tongue — twice a day to banish bad breath. While you’re brushing your teeth, brush your tongue – especially the back of the tongue. Brushing your tongue will remove smelly bacteria that cause bad breath.
Floss once a day for fresh breath. Flossing is must-do. Flossing gets out hidden food particles and removes plaque. Flossing also helps prevent periodontal disease — another common cause of bad breath.
Drink lots of water to avert bad breath. Lack of fluids can lead to dry mouth and cause bad breath. Dry mouth or reduced saliva can be the result of not drinking enough liquids, mouth breathing, or medications like antihistamines. Keeping hydrated is essential for continued health, so make sure you consume at least 8 glasses a day.
Check your sinuses; infections cause bad breath. Bad breath is often a clue to an underlying sinus infection. Post-nasal drip is most noticeable after sleeping at night, which is why many people rush to brush their teeth first thing in the morning.
Keep a regular diet. Chewing produces saliva and saliva is the main combatant against bad breath. The more you chew, the less time odor-causing bacteria has to thrive in your mouth. If you don’t have a snack handy, chew gum with xylitol to banish bad breath.
Chewing gum makes you salivate if your mouth is dry and causing bad breath. Saliva is what washes away the bacteria in your mouth.
And lastly, of course make sure you see your dentist at least every six months for a thorough teeth cleaning and an oral exam. They will check your mouth and teeth for open cavities and gum disease that cause bad breath.
Bad breath is easy to fix. Schedule an appointment and/or consultation today.
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