Occasional bad breath is common and is usually caused by eating foods like garlic and onions. But if you have chronic bad breath, you may notice your friends and coworkers taking a step back when they speak to you. If this embarrassing experience sounds familiar, there are several things you can do to freshen your breath and protect your oral health.
Brushing and flossing twice a day is essential, but rinsing your mouth after you eat is also helpful for fighting bad breath. Rinsing flushes sugar and acids out of your mouth and minimizes the amount of time they linger on your teeth.
You should brush your tongue as part of your oral hygiene routine. The tongue is where the majority of bacteria live and breed in your mouth. Brushing removes bacteria from your teeth, but if you skip your tongue, these bacteria will transfer to your teeth. Brushing your tongue will eliminate these bacteria and help improve your breath.
Drinking lots of water flushes away the bacteria and food debris that linger in your mouth and causes bad breath.
Dry mouth (xerostomia) is also associated with bad breath and occurs for many reasons, including stress, tobacco use, cancer treatment, diabetes, and the medications you take. Drink lots of water and chew sugarless gum or suck on a hard, sugar-free candy to stimulate the flow of saliva.
We are always happy to answer questions about your oral health concerns. Please don’t hesitate to call our Milton, GA dental office and arrange a convenient appointment with family dentist Dr. Kai Liang.