Now that you’ve learned about the most common causes of bad breath from our previous article, it’s now time to go about the solution and tips on how to fight and prevent this oral health problem.
In This Article, we’ve Listed These Five Tips to Help You Out.
1) Brush your teeth at least twice a day, or preferably, every after meal.
When brushing, it is important to pay special attention to the tongue, especially the back of the tongue, because it is where bacteria accumulate the most.
Flossing at least once a day is likewise important in order to remove debris that are stuck in-between the teeth.
2) Increase your fluid intake to keep your mouth clean and moist.
By fluids, we mean WATER. Other fluids, specifically those that contain caffeine, don’t work as well as water in preventing or eliminating bad breath – in fact, they might even cause it.
3) Improve your diet by consuming more fruits and vegetables, moderate amounts of meat and dairy products, and less sweet and acidic foods.
Aside from their high water content, these healthy fruits and veggies can mechanically clean the surfaces of your teeth due to their natural fibers. For this purpose, your best bets are apples, carrots, and celery. Celery is so efficient that it is practically the nature’s floss.
4) If you wear orthodontic appliances, fixed bridges, or removable dentures, be sure to clean them thoroughly at least once a day.
For fixed appliances like braces and bridges, use the special cleaning aids recommended by your dentist because simple brushing won’t do. If no cleaning aids were prescribed to you, don’t hesitate to ask your dentist about them.
For removable appliances like retainers and dentures, clean them at least once during the day using soft cloth and dish-washing liquid. If you have a special solution meant specifically for this purpose, then that would be better.
Just remember that brushing your retainers and dentures is a no-no because toothpastes can be too abrasive for them.
Furthermore, be sure to remove your removable appliances at night and store them in water or cleaning solution.
5) Visit your healthcare professionals regularly.
Yes, that includes not only your dentist, but your physician as well. Your dentist will perform oral examination to identify the cause and perform professional cleaning as necessary. If the cause is found to be an underlying health problem, you will be referred to a medical doctor for appropriate treatment.
If you still think or feel that your breath stinks even after following these tips, it would be helpful to ask someone you know for confirmation. Usually, the list above covers all possible solutions for this oral health problem, and you might just be too critical of yourself.
However, if the problem is still there, another trip to your dentist is your best move so more extensive treatment can be rendered if needed. While bad breath is rarely life-threatening, it can massively lower one’s self esteem and affect social life.
Thus, it is only necessary to get rid of this oral health problem as soon as possible.