If you constantly worry about the state of your breath, you’re dentist in Milwaukie, Oregon wants you to know that you’re not alone. Over 40 million Americans suffer from chronic bad breath, a condition referred to as halitosis, according to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association.
Bad breath can interfere with your social life, make you feel self-conscious and embarrassed, and rob you of the confidence needed to succeed in your personal and professional lives. Fortunately, you can help to eliminate bad breath and freshen your breath using these simple steps.
Brush and Floss Frequently
While bad breath has a number of causes, by far the most common reason for less than fresh breath comes from not brushing and flossing enough. After eating, lingering food particles buildup in the mouth where they begin to decay overtime. Failing to remove these particles by brushing and flossing allow them to transform your breath from fresh to foul in as little as a few hours.
So the first step towards eliminating bad breath starts with brushing twice a day for at least two minutes at a time, while also flossing daily.
Scrape Your Tongue
Your mouth contains millions of bacteria, some of which emits a foul smelling odor that can become noticeable when allowed to accumulate. Second to your teeth and gums, the most common place for bacteria to accumulate in the mouth is your tongue. To remove this buildup of bad smelling bacteria, gently scrub the tongue with your toothbrush after each time you brush. To enjoy an even cleaner tongue, consider purchasing a tongue scraper, a tool specifically designed to reach the back of the tongue and provide the most through cleaning possible.
Avoid Foul Smelling Foods
If you have a love of liverwurst, onions, and garlic, you shouldn’t be surprised to find your breath becomes less than fresh following many meals. The problem such pungent foods present to your breath is that the odors they cause can’t be eliminated by brushing after a meal.
When your body starts to digest these types of pungent foods, particles from these substances enter your bloodstream where they travel to your lungs, causing every breath you exhale to serve as a reminder to everyone around of what you had for lunch. Because these particles are in your lungs and not your mouth, brushing, flossing, or using mouthwash can only mask their aroma, not eliminate it entirely. The only way to remove the odor caused by these types of food from your breath is to wait until they are completely processed out of the body by the digestive system.
Suffering from pungent breath is just one more compelling reason why you need to kick the habit. Smoking damages gum tissue, while also staining your teeth. Smoking also increases your risk of developing oral cancer. So quitting offers a number of advantages, wouldn’t you say?
Rinse After Meals
Even if you don’t dine on a meal of pickled liverwurst and onions, rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash following every meal can help to eliminate bacteria that contributes to bad breath. Using a mouthwash after meals becomes even more invaluable if you don’t have time to brush.
Chew Gum After Meals Instead of Mints
Chewing gum after meals helps to generate more saliva in the mouth. Increased saliva flow helps to rinse your mouth of harmful bacteria and linger foods particles – both of which contribute to bad breath – that buildup during meals.
Visit the Dentist
The best way to prevent bad breath is to keep your breath smelling its best is to maintain your oral health. That means scheduling regular visits to see your dentist in Milwaukie, Oregon, Dr. Sue Walker. Regular exams allow Dr. Walker to spot any oral problems that can contribute to chronic bad breath.