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Do you worry about bad breath? Do you know what you can do to counter this problem?

Sadly, everyone will have to deal with bad breath from time to time, but there are things you can do to prevent or to hold off bad breath. However, please note that if you are struggling with bad breath frequently—and if these tips don’t help or only offer a short term solution—you may need to talk to a dentist to address the problem.

The most important thing you can do is practice good oral health. This includes brushing and flossing at home. Bad breath is often caused by food particles trapped in your plaque or by debris caught between your teeth. Using mouthwash and a tongue scraper can also remove even more bacteria, leaving your breath even fresher.

You can also avoid such as garlic and onions. Substances in these foods can work their way into your bloodstream, which eventually make their way into your lungs. This means you’ll breathe them out again, causing bad breath. Similarly, if you smoke, some chemicals may remain in your mouth, resulting in bad breath.

Finally, instead of eating a mint after you eat, try sugarless gum. Chewing gum will promote saliva flow which will carry bacteria out of your mouth. Conversely, mints contain sugar which can ultimately lead to bad breath and weaker teeth.  Also, try keeping your mouth wet. Drinking water or using a humidifier could help.

Again, if you try these tips but your breath still returns, please visit your dentist. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with us, feel free to give us a call.