Four Tips for Fresh Breath
Maybe you’re closing a big sale at work; you go for the handshake and suddenly wonder ‘how does my breath smell?’ Sometimes that breath mint after a meal just doesn’t cut it, especially if you’re leaning in for a first kiss on a date, or conducting important business.
Onions and garlic. Oh my. These two foods seem to have a particular fearsome reputation when it comes to the subject of bad breath. But are they really to blame for your Bad Breath?
Bad Breath is annoying, but it could also be a sign of potential health problems. Did you know that Bad Breath can be the result of an oral disease such as Gum Disease or Oral Cancer? In today’s blog from All Smiles in Jacksonville, TX, we want to give you some tips on keeping your breath fresh, and keeping your mouth healthy.
Tip #1: Know That Mouthwash Alone is Not the Answer
Mouthwash has a great many benefits. Some mouthwashes even have fluoride added to them, which helps strengthen the enamel of your teeth. To be sure, it can also be a great way to freshen your breath.
But only as a temporary solution. Rinsing with mouthwash helps cover the smell of your breath, but it does not address the underlying cause of your bad breath. If you had a roomful of garbage, would you just spray an air freshner to cover the scent? Probably not, you’d want to take the garbage out of the room.
Tip #2: Brush After Every Meal
Food is generally the biggest cause of Bad Breath. Whenever you chew, microscopic food particles are left in your mouth after you take a bite. These particles may be invisible to the naked eye, but sometimes you can smell them. This is especially true of garlic and onions.
But all food particles collect bacteria. This bacteria can eventually cause cavities, and it’s sure to put a damper on your breath in the interim. So your breakfast snack could be the cause of your afternoon Bad Breath.
The best way to combat this is to brush after every meal. Brushing helps remove many food particles that rinsing alone cannot reach. This helps keep your breath fresh, and your mouth free of cavities. If you cannot brush after a meal, at minimum you should consider rinsing your mouth out with water.
Tip #3: Know How to Counter Dry Mouth
Dry mouth can be another frustrating cause of Bad Breath. The saliva in your mouth naturally helps to remove food particles from your teeth, and counter the bacteria in your mouth. When your mouth becomes dry, it means you’re not producing enough saliva.
Several things can be the cause of dry mouth. If you are feeling congested and breathing through your mouth, the oxygen you intake evaporates the saliva right out of your mouth. The same is true if you are running, and breathing out of your mouth to catch your breath.
Dry mouth can also be caused by medicines you may be taking. Prescription antidepressants and attention deficient disorder medications are a leading cause of dry mouth in adults. Lastly, dry mouth can be an indication of problems with your salivary gland.
But there are a number of things you can do to counter dry mouth. The first is probably obvious, drink more water! And water means water; for best results don’t think that a sports drink can do what natural, simple water does. Water helps to rehydrate your mouth, and wash away bacteria.
The second thing to consider, is chewing sugar-free gum. Sugar-free gum can help to get your saliva flowing, which removes bacteria from your teeth. Sugared gum should be avoided, as it can actually attract more bacteria to your mouth.
Tip #4: Get Your Mouth Checked for Oral Diseases
The most distressing thing about bad breath is that it can be a sign of Oral Diseases. Oral Diseases may not be painful, and often go unnoticed until it is too late. Advanced Gum Disease can cause you to lose teeth; while Oral Cancer can potentially be fatal. If detected early, we can provide a course of treatment for Oral Diseases to ensure that you don’t lose any teeth. We want to keep your smile looking great!
If you’ve tried to freshen your breath with the other methods listed here, and not had success, you should be screened for Oral Diseases. During a routine dental appointment, the top-notch staff at All Smiles in Jacksonville, TX will screen your mouth for signs of Oral Disease during your Dental Exam. Click here to schedule an appointment.