Cut out contributing factors: Dairy products, sugar products, onions, garlic, coffee, alcohol, and tobacco can all leave your breath smelling like a soggy gym sock. Food products can leave material that feed the bacteria that cause bad breath. Alcohol dries out your mouth, reducing saliva flow and creating opportunities for aspiring breath killers. Tobacco not only can cause cancer, but it can also allow bacteria to fester in your mouth.
Brush your teeth: It is simple, really, but the biggest thing you can do to fight bad breath is to brush your teeth. Not only does this help fight cavities, (which also create safe havens for bacteria) but taking a generous helping of toothpaste to your mouth will immediately (but temporarily) freshen your breath! While you have your toothbrush in there though, don’t forget to brush your tongue. You’d be surprised at the amount of bacteria your tongue can hold.
Be prepared: Sugar-free gum can be a lifesaver whether you’re hoping to seal the deal with the person of your affection or giving an important presentation at work. Regularly drinking water can also help wash away bacteria and food particles. Natural remedies, such as cloves, anise, cardamom, peppermint, or coriander can help as well. A quick application of whatever remedy you choose can temporarily stave off even the worst of bad breath.
Visit a doctor: Certain health problems, including diabetes, chronic bronchitis, gastrointestinal issues, and sinus infections can send your breath plunging to a level of stench you have never experienced before. If normal remedies do not adequately address halitosis, you may want to consider visiting a healthcare professional.
If you decide you would like to see a dentist about your breath, please do not hesitate to contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care. We are a team of highly trained Catonsville dentists who will be more than happy to sit down with you about any of your dental needs. Whether the cause is tartar, cavities, or gum disease, we will help you identify it, treat it, and eliminate it.
If you have any questions about our blog, “Tips for Dealing With Bad Breath” or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.