6 Tips To Avoid Bad Breath
Maintaining good oral health and committing to keeping our mouths clean and healthy is the main way we can keep our breath as fresh as possible. If we don’t maintain good habits, bad breath will strike.
While fresh breath and good oral health is important for most people, studies show that roughly 60% of adults with partners say that oral health plays a large role in their level of intimacy.
For some, chronic bad breath can be a symptom of other health problems. For the rest of us who mostly have morning breath or musty mouth after meals we can usually freshen things up quickly.
There are a number of ways to keep bad breath away
1. See your dentist every 6 months for your regular check-up and clean.
Bad breath can be caused by a variety of things including cavities, unhealthy gums and an array of different conditions that can be found in the mouth. Sometimes these things can’t be detected by the natural eye and it requires a professional to look in your mouth, sometimes with the aid of X-rays.
2. Drink more water.
Fresh breath can be helped simply by increasing your water intake. There are a number of causes that can contribute to bad breath including acid reflux – which can be alleviated by drinking more water. Another common cause is a post-nasal drip. Increasing water can help keep saliva moving and thin out any phlegm.
Dehydration can cause dry mouth. Whether it be acute or chronic it happens when there isn’t enough saliva in the mouth. Drinking more water moistens the mouth and helps things run smoothly.
3. Eat raw, crunchy foods.
Vegetables that are crunchy have a low water content, so when you eat them, your body has to produce more saliva in order to get it down your throat more easily. Increasing saliva in your mouth and having more salivary flow is a naturally good way to cleanse your mouth.
4. Brush and floss correctly.
To keep your mouth fresh and clean you need to make sure that you are brushing at least twice daily and flossing once a day. Flossing is crucial. A toothbrush will clean all of the areas of your teeth except where the teeth contact each other and below the gum line, so you need to floss to remove all of the plaque and food that accumulate in those areas – which can lead to bad breath.
5. Don’t smoke.
There is a reason why they call it ‘smoker’s breath.’ That sour smell is partly from the smoke particles that remain in the mouth, throat and lungs after smoking cigarettes. The smell of just one cigarette can linger in your lungs for hours afterwards. Tobacco also contains chemicals that add to the bad smell.
6. Chew gum.
Chewing sugarless gum can help you breath become fresh in seconds and it’s not all because its mint scented. The act of chewing gum increases saliva productions, which helps keep your mouth moist.