How to Manage Bad Breath

| December 29, 2014

Bad BreathBad breath can be a constant worry and lead to social anxiety, but you don’t have to suffer any longer. Here are 5 simple tips to help combat bad breath and the negative effects that it has on your life:

Brush and floss regularly

Maintaining a regular oral health routine by brushing twice a day and flossing once a day is essential in helping to prevent bad breath. Consistent brushing and flossing also help to prevent cavities and gum disease, which can worsen bad breath due to the decaying oral tissues both cause.

Avoid all tobacco products

Cigarettes and cigars can leave smoke particles in the throat and lungs, which contribute to bad breath. Additionally, chewing tobacco stays in the mouth for a much longer amount of time, causing oral microbes to break down tobacco particles further – leading to an even more foul odor!

Stay hydrated!

Water is essential for a healthy and happy mouth. By staying hydrated, you keep saliva production going strong. Saliva helps combat bad breath by neutralizing acids produced by plaque and washing away dead cells that can accumulate on the tongue, gums and cheeks.

Snack smart

Crispy fruits and vegetables, such as apples, carrots and celery, can help combat bad breath by washing away other food particles and jump starting saliva production. Also, an empty stomach can cause foul breath due to increased stomach acid.

Visit Grandview Dental Care

If you are still experiencing bad breath symptoms and these at-home tips don’t produce the changes you are looking for, schedule an appointment to come in and see us. We offer specialized bad breath appointments – making us experts at understanding the needs of patients concerned with bad breath.

These simple, actionable tips should help you cure your bad breath, no matter the cause!