Dr. Kai Liang often hears questions from Alpharetta, GA patients about their bad breath and what they can do to get rid of it.
We’re not talking about occasional bad breath caused by odor-producing foods like onions and garlic. This is obviously a problem for your social life, but gargling with mouthwash and brushing your teeth can usually resolve it.
However, chronic bad breath (halitosis) is problematic, and reaching for the mouthwash won’t do much to help. If you’re tired of trying to cover up bad breath, here are a few tips that can help keep your breath fresh.
Three Tips for Fresher Breath
- When you brush your teeth, you should also brush your tongue. A common cause of bad breath is the bacteria that accumulate on the back surface of your tongue, causing a strong odor. It may feel odd at first, but it’s quick, easy, and can help eliminate bad breath.
- Drinking a lot of water is another way to keep your breath fresh. Dry mouth is a common cause of bad breath because you need saliva to wash away bacteria that sit on your mouth. There are other causes of dry mouth too, like the medications you’re taking. If you suspect that this is the cause, consult your physician to see if you can switch to another medication.
- Always brush and floss after eating and before bedtime. This is important for so many reasons, and we can’t say it often enough. In the case of bad breath, brushing and flossing remove food particles that sit in your mouth and give off a strong, unpleasant odor.
Call to Schedule a Professional Cleaning
These are helpful tips for eliminating occasional bad breath, but chronic bad breath may be an indication of a more serious problem like periodontal disease. If you are bothered by persistent bad breath, please call our Alpharetta, GA dentist Dr. Kai Liang. He will investigate the underlying cause to ensure you have a healthy smile and fresh breath.