Bad breath, also known as Halitosis by dentists, can be embarrassing. Whether it’s only noticeable by your special someone, or anyone you talk to somewhat closely, bad breath is something nobody wishes for. Fortunately, in most cases, having bad breath has preventable causes and can be treated fairly quickly with better oral hygiene habits.
Begin brushing twice each day for two minutes.
Actually, three is considered ideal. However, brushing your teeth early in the morning and late before bed is the standard most dentists set for clients. Twice a day is important to prevent bacteria and plaque from breeding in your mouth to the point that your gums or teeth suffer damage. Additionally, brushing for two solid minutes in circular motion is the most efficient way to remove plaque and tartar. Many people grow up thinking brushing simply back and forth is the proper way, but unfortunately, this method does not easily remove the growing plaque between the teeth.
Invest in a tongue scraper.
If you stick your tongue out in the mirror and see any kind of white coating, even if just a little bit, you probably are not demonstrating the thorough dental habits needed. When you see a white coating, you are seeing dead bacteria resting on your tongue’s surface. This bacteria creates an oxygen-free zone deep inside the tongue for more bacteria thrive and grow. By scraping the tongue with this tool, you are removing this protective lawyer for bacteria and sending it down the sink. Scraping once a day should be efficient.
Snack on sugar-free gum.
Sugar-free gum is great for more than a minty-fresh breath — it forces your mouth to produce saliva. What does that mean for you? Saliva can:
- Neutralize plaque acid
- Wash away leftover food debris
- Remineralize tooth enamel to strengthen teeth
Sugar-free gum is great for cleaning the mouth after meal without producing its own debris and sugars like other long-lasting candies, such as jollyranchers or gobstoppers.
Invest in a power toothbrush.
Power toothbrushes, while more expensive than manual drugstore toothbrushes, provide more thorough cleanings and remove 100 percent more plaque. While different brushes have different features, most on the market can provide a deeper cleaning for you at the very least. Others are able to send signals when you are brushing too hard, have automatic timers set to two minutes and come with oscillating-pulsating rotations to more thoroughly clean. Visit the Oral-B website to learn more about how these type of toothbrushes can help you.
Drink more water throughout the day
Drinking water, like sugar-free gum, helps rinse the mouth of leftover food residuals. If you aren’t drinking enough water, the bacteria causing bad breath continue feeding off the debris, which breeds more bacteria. Water is a good way to put out the fire throughout the day.
Over half of Americans suffer bad breath, whether it is only temporarily or a condition developed over time. Trying out these suggestions can help alleviate the smell and also train you into better oral habits!
Lindsay Bradshaw is a content developer for Lakeway Cosmetic Dentistry. She has her own tongue scraper and thinks the results are phenomenal.