Five Halitosis-Busting Moves
We all have moments of bad breath after eating a potent meal or forgetting to brush our pearly whites, but some people live with bad breath day after day. There can be many causes for this, but it often comes down to bacteria building up in your mouth. Halitosis care often begins with taking care of the bacteria. Below are five things you can do at home to beat halitosis.
Keep Water at Hand – One of the best things you can do for a stinky mouth is drink plenty of water! Keep a water bottle at hand, and drink regularly. The water increases saliva production which is turn fights bacteria in your mouth.
Floss Regularly – Bacteria loves to hide between your teeth. If you aren’t flossing, you need to start. If are flossing, you might want to add a session after meals.
Scrape Your Tongue – We often forget to brush our tongues. Not only should you be brushing, but you should also be scraping your tongue before you brush to remove bacteria from your mouth.
Use Antiseptic Mouth Rinse – When fighting bad breath, you might have realized that a mouth rinse is a good idea. However, you have to be careful what kind you get. Only antiseptic rinses will actually remove the harmful bacteria from your mouth.
Chew Sugar-Free Gum – When you do have a case of bad breath, don’t reach for a sugary mint or gum. Instead, keep sugar-free gum in your desk and car to not only improve your breath, but to also produce saliva that will remove bacteria from your mouth.
Halitosis can sometimes be cured with these simple tasks, but it can also be a side-effect of other, more serious problems in your mouth, like decay. Contact us today to set up an appointment where we can take a look in your mouth and see what the problem really is. We can’t wait to help you have a healthier, more confident mouth!