First impressions mean so much to so many people. It’s hard to overcome a bad first impression. Unfortunately, first impressions can be so much more difficult to overcome when you have bad breath. Bad breath, also referred to as halitosis, doesn’t have to ruin your life! Instead, strive to improve your dental hygiene and help prevent or eliminate terrible breath with these tips from Smile Center Dental.
Causes of Bad Breath
Dry mouth is the most common cause of foul smelling breath. This can easily be prevented. When you have dry mouth the dead cells on your tongue do not get washed away by saliva. This means they break down on your tongue which causes a foul odor associated with bad breath.
Most of the dead cells in the mouth are found on your tongue, but they also appear in other parts the mouth, especially when there are food remnants stuck in the teeth. Be sure to brush your teeth frequently to avoid dead cells and food stuck in your teeth.
It may also be apparent that certain foods you eat can cause bad breath, such as garlic or onion. Sometimes these causes are not so innocent. Foul smelling breath is also, sometimes, a sign of something more serious like a throat or lung infection, liver or kidney disease, or even diabetes.
How to Prevent Bad Breath
Getting rid of stinky breath requires a commitment to dental hygiene. Unfortunately, there is no cure-all for terrible breath. Instead, following these suggestions should help:
- Brush your teeth and tongue. This will help get rid of any dead skin cells and will leave your tongue fresh.
- Drink plenty of water. It is great for your entire body and aids in avoiding dry mouth.
- Use mouthwash regularly. Using mouthwash on a regular basis can sometimes help get rid of bad breath.
- Mints or gum. If you are unable to brush, use mouthwash, and water is not available, mints or gum may be a quick fix. It is best to opt for sugar-free gum or mints.
Of course, one of the best ways to help prevent bad breath is to see your dentist regularly. At Smile Center Dental, we can help you figure out the best ways for you to eliminate and prevent future bad breath.