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Preventing Bad Breath
The origins of bad breath are not a mystery. We know it’s usually caused by cavities, gum disease, poor oral hygiene, and/or bad diet choices. Hundreds of bacteria live in your mouth and some of them create awful smells. If you want help preventing this, you’ve come to the right place. Here are six of the best ways you can fight bad breath.
Chew Sugar Free Gum
Gums with strong scents can cover unwanted odor, but they also fight odor-causing bacteria. The stimulation of saliva, which happens with chewing gum, is responsible for eliminating bad breath. Our mouths produce volatile sulfur compounds (VSC) which cause a stinky mouth. Research has shown that gum can temporarily reduce VSC production by more than 70 percent. The extra spit the gum produces works like a power washer, rinsing bacteria and VSC away.
Brush and Floss
This one is pretty self explanatory. Always brush your teeth for two to three minutes, at least twice a day to remove plaque and food debris.
You can also do an additional round of brushing with baking soda to reduce the acidity in your mouth, and make it harder for the bacteria that cause bad breath to grow.
Flossing daily aids in removing left over food debris from in between your teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach. If the food debris is not removed, the bacteria will begin to feed on it– which is a major cause of bad breath.
If your morning breath seems to last all day, you may not be drinking enough water. Keeping your mouth moist helps to wash away food particles and bacteria, which helps keep bad breath away.
Drinking water rich in vitamin C is even better! Add lemons, oranges, strawberries, or kiwis to your water to fight bacteria. These fruits are incredibly high in vitamin C, which will create an acidic environment that makes it hard for bacteria to thrive in.
Watch What You Eat
What you eat affects what you exhale. Some foods to stay away from are onions, garlic, or anything spicy. Chronic garlic users not only have bad breath, they also often have body odor.
To fight bad breath, we recommend eating apples. Their high fiber content, plus the saliva production makes them nature’s toothbrushes. Celery and carrots also work since they not only kill bacteria, but they’re naturally fibrous enough to “scrub” your teeth.
Use the Correct Toothbrush
Choosing the correct toothbrush, and knowing when it’s time to replace it, is key when it comes to fighting bad breath.
Although manual toothbrushes are effective, they can only deliver 300-600 strokes per minute, while an electric brush can deliver up to 48,000 movements every minute. They also generally have a timer so you can make sure you’re brushing long enough.
Come and Visit Us
Most importantly, make sure you’re coming in to see us at least twice a year– or every six months for cleanings. We can get to the hard to reach places that you can’t reach at home. We can also monitor your mouth for cavities and periodontal disease, which are prime causes of bad breath.
If it’s been over six months since you’ve been in, make your appointment today.
Bad breath can be a difficult and embarrassing condition. Luckily, taking care of the problem is not hard. With these simple oral hygiene measures and a few lifestyle changes, you can get rid of bad breath for good.
At the Lafayette Dentist office of John C. Theriot, DDS and Associates, we love caring for your smile. In fact, our staff has earned a reputation for providing a warm, comfortable, and relaxing experience to our guests. Our goal is to provide you the best dental care in Lafayette.