5 Tips for Fresher Breath

Do you experience bad breath? Relax, everyone has bad breath from time to time. Here are 5 tips for fresher breath so you feel more self-confident!bad breath

  1. Many cases of bad breath are caused by plaque. This sticky buildup on your teeth harbors bacteria which cause odors. Brush twice a day and floss once per day and you should see an improvement in your breath.
  2. Clean your tongue. The tongue is a complicated landscape that also hides stinky oral bacteria. Gently brush your tongue with your toothbrush or purchase a tongue scraper. They are specially designed to remove bacteria, food debris and dead cells.
  3. Stop smoking! It doesn’t matter how much you brush and floss and how much mouth rinse you use – the bad breath caused by tobacco use goes beyond the mouth.
  4. Keep your gums healthy! Regular visits to your dental hygienist can help keep gum disease from gaining a foothold. Unhealthy gums are a common cause of bad breath because bacteria accumulate in the pockets that have formed around the gums. This bacteria creates a foul smell.
  5. Chew sugarless gum. Skip the mints, they contain sugar which will feed the bacteria in your mouth and make your breath even worse once the minty stuff has worn off. Chewing sugarless gum, especially the kind that contains xylitol, helps fight bad breath and tooth decay. The chewing helps clean teeth and stimulate saliva production which will naturally fight plaque acids.

Some cases of bad breath can be linked to dry mouth, caused by medications or certain medical conditions. In a few instances the source of bad breath may be a medical condition like a sinus infection, diabetes or kidney disease. If your best efforts at controlling bad breath are not working you should schedule a visit with your physician.

Find out more about fighting bad breath by contacting Rothfus Family Dental in Medford, OR at 541-858-7994.