Suffering from bad breath (halitosis) is never fun for either the one with the bad breath and those closely around that person with bad breath.
For that reason, focusing on oral hygiene and paying attention to what you are eating is important to be aware of.
Here are some great tips for achieving fresher breath:
Drink more water.
Drinking plenty of water avoids a dry mouth, which in turn, keeps the mouth moist and able to wash away excess oral bacteria and food particles. Both bacteria and food particles decaying in the mouth are what particularly cause bad breath in the first place, so washing these away with water is vital.
Don’t skip out on flossing, brushing, and rinsing your mouth with mouthwash. Partake in these twice a day.
Taking part in oral hygiene is especially important in hopes to gain fresher breath. Even skipping out on even one brushing, flossing, or rinsing session can cause overgrowth of oral bacteria, leaving the breath to smell even more foul. Failing to brush away plaque on the teeth can lead to a harder form of plaque known as tartar, which is harder to remove and worse in smell.
Chew sugarless chewing gum.
For the times you can’t brush your teeth to freshen up your breath, say when you’re at work or at school, opt for minty, sugarless chewing gum. The mint will cover up your bad breath temporarily, and the gum itself will capture oral bacteria and excess food particles that are factors of your bad breath to begin with.
In addition to this, the gum will increase your saliva flow, presenting a dry mouth. Saliva itself helps to wash away bad breath-causing particles in the mouth. Breath mints and sprays may also work, but will not provide the same benefits when it comes to saliva flow as chewing gum would.
Avoid bad breath-causing foods, especially those that are very strong in scent and flavor such as garlic and onions.
One of the most obvious ways to avoid bad breath is to avoid the foods that cause it. Garlic, onions, and other strong-smelling foods should be avoided if your goal is to have nice breath. Foods that leave a funny aftertaste in the mouth should also be avoided such as certain flavors of chips, cheese snacks, and seafood.
Scrap your tongue.
Another great way to freshen the breath is to partake in scraping the tongue. Tongue scrapers can be found at virtually any convenience store on the toothbrush aisle.
These dental tools are meant to scrape the film off of the tongue containing a great deal of smelly oral bacteria. In fact, much of your oral bacteria is present on your tongue. Tongue scrubbers are also an alternative.
Don’t forget to attend dental checkups/cleanings at least twice a year.
As always, it’s important to attend your dental checkups/cleanings biannually for a deep cleaning. As well as this, your dentist will ensure your overall oral health is up-to-par, so you can continue living a healthy life with fresher breath. Your dentist can also provide additional tips and tricks for proper-smelling breath or provide treatment if you suffer from severe halitosis.