Have you ever been in a conversation with someone and as their breath hits your nostrils you become a little nauseous? This can be an embarrassing situation for both parties involved and is more common than you might think. More than 80 million people in the United States suffer from chronic halitosis, known as bad breath. The key to preventing your mouth from producing a gross stench is to have to practice proper oral hygiene.
Brush Twice A Day
You should learned this when you got your first tooth, but it vital for a healthy smile to brush your teeth at least two times a day especially at night. Brushing your teeth twice a day removes plaque that collects bacteria, causing you to have bad breath. Remember to floss at least once a day to reach food remnants that your toothbrush might miss. The one place that many people miss when brushing is the tongue, which has a coating that hosts smelly bacteria. An efficient way to get rid of tongue residue is to invest in a tongue scraper, and it can be found at any drugstore.
Rinse Your Mouth
In addition to brushing twice a day, it is important to rinse your mouth out to prevent bad breath. It is important to choose a mouthwash that kills bacteria that cause bad breath, not one that just masks the smell. A simple prevention technique is to rinse your mouth out with water after eating to get rid of food particles that get stuck in your teeth.
Put Down the Cigarette and Pick Up A Carrot
Smoking cigarette leads to a number of health issues including lung cancer and has harmful affects on your mouth. The tobacco in cigarettes drys out the mouth and leaves a bad smell even after brushing your teeth. It is a hard habit to quit, but it is beneficial for your overall health to put down the cigarette. A healthy way to eliminate bad breath is to snack on carrots between meal because they increase the saliva in your mouth that washes harmful bacteria away.
Oral Care from Catonsville Dental Care
Whether you want to whiten your teeth, straighten your teeth or have a wisdom tooth extracted Catonsville Dental Care offers a wide variety of services when it comes to oral health. We have the experience and understanding to diagnose and treat any problem you have as quickly and painlessly as possible. With four dentists available at our office and commitment to comfort, safety and relaxation you can’t find a better provider for your health. We look forward to helping you keep your smile perfect all year long and talking with you about your needs. To schedule an appointment or consultation, visit us online or give us a call at 410-747-1115. For more tips and tricks follow us on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.