Dealing with Bad Breath

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Bad breath is an unfortunate ordeal that many people have to suffer with. Whether you realize it on your own or it has been brought to your attention, bad breath can have a negative impact on your professional and social life. There are often simple changes that you can make in your daily life for dealing with bad breath. 

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  • Stop tobacco use.
  • There are no known benefits of tobacco use, but there are plenty of known negative and damaging effects. Not only does tobacco promote types of cancer and breathing issues, but it also causes bad breath. The damage done by tobacco also exacerbates bad odors in your mouth.
  • Avoid odorous foods and beverages.
  • Onions, garlic, coffee, wine, alcohol, and cheeses all have their own pungent smell and they are notorious for leaving an unpleasant smell behind. These foods also leave residue behind inside the mouth that causes the odors to linger longer than others. Avoiding these foods and beverages is ideal, yet it is not necessarily practical. When you do indulge in these choices, make sure that you have a toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouthwash nearby. By rinsing and/or brushing after you eat or drink, you can help to minimize the stinky residue that remains after consumption.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Hydration plays a huge role in how your body functions and how your breath smells. A sufficient amount of saliva is needed inside the mouth to constantly wash away plaque from the teeth. As plaque builds up on the teeth, the bacteria in the plaque go to work to decompose food and sugar particles that have been left behind. The more water you drink to stay hydrated, the less bacteria-laden plaque will develop and cause bad breath.
  • Practice good oral hygiene.
  • Perhaps the easiest, yet not always the most practiced, is simple oral hygiene practices. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily is essential in keeping your mouth clean and preventing bad breath. By brushing and flossing regularly, you are minimizing the amount of plaque that builds up on your teeth – thus minimizing culprits of bad breath.
  • Clean oral appliances.
  • Oral appliances are notorious for harboring foul odors. Your dentures, partials, retainers, and/or aligners must be cleaned every day in order to keep them clean. Any time you take them out of your mouth you must remember to clean them before placing them back in your mouth.
  • Visit the dentist regularly.
  • Professional cleanings and checkups are essential in dealing with bad breath. Your dentist is your best sources for helping you deal with this issue simply because it is an issue that affects the mouth directly. By keeping regular dental appointments, you can prevent and deal with bad breath.