Everyone wants to enjoy fresh breath, but almost all of us occasionally suffer from halitosis or bad breath. Usually, halitosis is caused by the foods you eat and how frequently you clean your teeth. We’ve listed a few easy tips on how to keep your breath fresh.
- Brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss once-a-day, and don’t forget to clean your tongue. Most people neglect to clean their tongue, but it can harbour bacteria. You can buy special tongue scrapers for just a few dollars, or gently brush your tongue with your toothbrush.
- Brush and floss your teeth after eating if you can, or otherwise swish your mouth with water to remove loose food particles and to restore your mouth to a more neutral pH more quickly. Another solution is to chew sugar-free gum that stimulates saliva flow.
- Be aware that some highly flavoured foods such as onions and garlic can cause bad breath up to 72 hours after eating. After digestion, they pass into your bloodstream and are carried to your lungs when they are expelled on your breath. You simply have to wait for this to happen.
Persistent bad breath can be a sign of gum disease or tooth decay, or another untreated dental or medical problem. Come and see us if you think you have persistent bad breath and we can assess your dental health.