Bad breath can cause embarrassment and even withdrawal from family and friends. Using breath mints and sprays can minimize the symptoms for a short time, but unless you eliminate the root cause of your bad breath, it will continue to return.
Bad breath is usually the result of the buildup of bacteria in the mouth. When you speak or breathe, air will pass over the bacteria, carrying a foul odor with it. Luckily there are ways you can avoid this problem while keeping your mouth and teeth healthy in the process.
Keeping Your Breath Fresh
Brush Daily – This one seems obvious, as we all know that it’s important to thoroughly brush our teeth at least twice a day. However, the step that many people skip is to brush their gums as well. Avoiding the gum line will allow bacteria to build up, causing gum irritation and bad breath.
Avoid Stinky Foods – It makes sense that the foods we put in our mouth will affect the way our breath smells. However, in addition to smelly foods, you should also avoid sugary foods as well. More sugar means more stinky bacteria.
Use a Tongue Scraper – Your tongue is the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive. Tongue scrapers will help you to get rid of the bacteria that may have been accumulating on your tongue. These disposable scrapers are used to scrape the tongue from the back to the front and then discard.
Get Regular Dental Cleanings – Lastly, receiving regular dental cleanings and exams at your general dental office is a great way to clean off any plaque you may have missed and start over fresh and clean.
Here at Littleton Implants & Periodontics, your gum and implant health are important to us. To make an appointment here at our Littleton, Colorado dental implant office, please contact Littleton Implants & Periodontics today.
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