Bad breath is more common than you could ever imagine, in fact it has been reported that around forty million Americans suffer from halitosis or bad breath. This may impact your social life by making you self-conscious, sometimes even embarrassed. Luckily, Prisma Dental will give you a couple of simple and effective steps which you can apply to freshen up your breath
Brushing and flossing is crucial
Oral hygiene is crucial to maintain your breath fresh; the reason is because the main culprit of bad breath is plaque. Plaque is that sticky material that builds up on teeth which becomes the best environment for bacteria to grow. Small remnants of food that is left in-between the teeth makes matters worse for it will keep on feeding these bacteria. When you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily you will be able to eliminate plaque and bacteria. Sometimes people concerned about their breath might even overdo the brushing and the flossing. Over-brushing can actually erode enamel, which will make teeth more vulnerable to decay. Also flossing with too much friction may cause gum sensitivity and bleeding.
Use a tongue scraper
Tongue scrapers help you reach back in the tongue and you can use it to eliminate the coating that is formed normally on the tongue. This film can harbor bacteria which can produce bad breath. Usually brushing your teeth with your toothbrush is enough, if not then try using a tongue scraper.
Avoid onions and garlic
Avoid foods that sour your breath such as onions and garlic, brushing your teeth after you eat these items will not do the trick. What you can do however is to avoid eating onions or garlic before social or public occasions.
Do not light up
Smoking is a habit that will not only give you bad breath it will also increase your risk of oral cancer. In addition it damages gum tissue and will stain teeth.
Swish with mouthwash
Adding a mouthwash to your oral routine is a great way to add some extra protection. Anti-bacterial mouthwashes are very effective in reducing plaque-causing bacteria. You can also swish your mouth with tap water to eliminate food particles and instantly freshen up your breath.
Choose Gums over mints
Mints which contain sugar might give you instant fresh breath, in the long run however sugar promotes the growth of bacteria in your mouth which is one of the main causes of bad breath. Chew on a piece of sugarless gum instead, this will naturally stimulate the production of saliva which is a natural defense mechanism against plaque.