Is there anything more embarrassing than realizing—or being told—you have bad breath? Of course, everyone’s breath is less than pleasant from time to time, like after eating a plate of garlicky Italian food, or first thing in the morning. But chronic bad breath, sometimes called halitosis or malodor, isn’t something most people want to always worry about. Whether you’re on a date with that special someone, or walking into a big business meeting, you want to know your breath isn’t nauseating those around you. After all, bad breath can ruin a first impression, cause that date to close the door in your face, or discourage your spouse from offering wake-up kisses. But it doesn’t have to be that way!
Cultivating consistently pleasant breath isn’t difficult. There’s no trick to it; most of the time, all it takes is just changing a few habits and starting a few new ones. Read on for the best tips in the industry for making sure your mouth is always fresh and clean.
Visit your Overland Park family dentist twice a year. Studies have shown that around 80% of bad breath comes from the mouth itself. Cracked fillings, old dentures, cavities, gum disease… all of these can cause terrible breath. Regular checkups will help your Overland Park dentist ascertain if your bad breath is coming from an oral source—and take care of the problem. Best of all, if it turns out there’s no oral reason for your bad breath, you can then go to your family doctor asking if there’s some other cause, such as acid reflux or liver disease.
Brush after every meal, and floss daily. It always bears repeating that the best way to keep foul odors out of your mouth is to keep your mouth squeaky clean. Brush after every meal to keep your mouth healthy, even lunchtime if you’re worried about chronic bad breath—and don’t forget to floss! If your floss is malodorous or discolored after you floss, you’ll want to make sure you do it more regularly. We bet you’ll see a change once you make flossing part of your routine!
Chew sugarless gum. Minty sugarless gum can not only freshen your mouth and breath, the increased saliva helps wash away any leftover food, dead cells, or bacteria that might be lurking in your mouth. If you’re on the go and can’t brush after lunch, it’s a good way to take care of your mouth and keep it clean and fresh!
Eat Well. Increasing the proportion of your diet made up of fruits and vegetables may help your breath stay fresh and clean. Of course, we all know onions and garlic can leave a lingering odor in your mouth, but apples, celery, and carrots can freshen your breath! Fruits and vegetables are often high in vitamin C, which helps fight gum disease and gingivitis, and chewing on them after a particularly fragrant meal has the same effect as sugarless gum, by stimulating saliva to wash away anything that finishing your drink might leave behind.
If you make changes in your diet and oral hygiene routine and still don’t see any change in your breath, schedule a checkup today with your Overland Park family dentist. We’ll help you get to the bottom of the problem!
This article brought to you by Watts Family Dental in Overland Park, Kansas. Our friendly office specializes in preventative dental care for the whole family. To make an appointment, please call (913) 338-3384 or click here to fill out our online contact form.