Eliminate Bad Breath – Advice from a Dentist
Bad breath is embarrassing and most people who have it don’t even know they have it! It is not stretching the truth to say that there are hundreds of reasons why you could have bad breath, but it
boils down to one cause – bacteria and build up in the mouth. It could be from diet choices like too much garlic, medical conditions like acid reflux, or hygiene problems like improper brushing. No matter why you might have bad breath, here’s advice straight from Dr. Ghodsi on how to quickly and effectively eliminate bad breath.
7 Surefire Ways Eliminate Bad Breath
- Brush, brush, brush, repeat! In an ideal world, you’d brush your teeth every time you eat. Usually impossible, Dr. Ghodsi recommends brushing as often as you can, keeping dental appointments every 6 months, and using an antiseptic or antibacterial rinse to kill bacteria. Be wary of “whitening” or “fresh breath” rinses that don’t actually fix bad breath (cause by bacteria) but simply mask it.
- You are what you eat. It’s true. Eating loads of garlic and onions or consuming tons of sugary drinks will surely have an effect on your breath. Sometimes fasting and low-carb diets can also cause bad breath. Foods that can help eliminate bad breath include carrots, celery, and apples. Full of water, they help wash the mouth of debris.
- Wash it down with water. When you can’t brush your teeth, water can be a great tool for clearing the mouth out of potential breath busters. After eating be sure to drink lots of water. If you sense oncoming bad breath – a bit of milk can help.
- Coffee is stickier than duct tape (at least to your tongue). It is really hard to get rid of coffee breath – so consider switching to tea instead.
- Alcohol is the enemy. At least for 8-10 hours after consuming a few drinks. Alcohol can cause dry mouth also, which just makes the problem worse. Consider cutting back and drinking plenty of water.
- Trash the tobacco. This should be pretty self-explanatory. It smells bad and smoking or ingesting drastically compounds the problem. There is no doubt, your teeth, breath and lungs will thank you for not smoking.
- Beware of breath mints and choose sugarless gum. An occasional breath mint to get rid of after-dinner odor is fine – just be choosy. Sugary mints usually found at restaurants are a bad choice, only making the problem worse, so find a sugarless mint. Frankly, mints are only masking the problem, but chewing gum can actually help. It helps create more saliva flow in the mouth. Some sugarless gums can help twice fold – seek out one that is 100% xylitol-sweetened – it can help reduce cavities and give you better breath.
Learn something new? The best part about knowing you have bad breath is knowing that it is usually a quick-fix. What is your favorite strategy to eliminate bad breath. Share in the comments.