There is nothing worse than having bad breath, and although it might be tough to determine if you have bad breath, it is always preferable to maintain excellent dental health rather than risk having a stinky mouth. When it comes to reducing or eliminating bad breath, there are several options available, some of which are far more effective and last longer than others. Take a look at the options available to you below.
Floss on a regular basis
Even though it might be tough to remember to floss on a daily basis, when it comes to bad breath, flossing is one of the simplest and most cost-effective methods to freshen your breath quickly and effectively. See, flossing helps to remove the plaque and germs that accumulate in parts of your mouth that a toothbrush can't reach, and it also helps to eliminate the odor connected with the bacteria. While flossing may not completely erase bad breath on its own, if done in conjunction with other good dental hygiene routines such as brushing, you may notice a noticeably fresher smelling mouth.
Mouthwash should be used.
Using a mouthwash may significantly improve the freshness of your breath, particularly if you notice that your breath is still smelling after brushing and flossing. There are many different mouthwash solutions available on the market; however, you may make your own by mixing baking soda with water and swishing it around in your mouth.
Always brush your teeth after sleeping.
When you get up in the morning, whether you've had a nap or a whole night of sleep, you'll likely want to clean your teeth in order to prevent bad breath. While you are asleep (even for a short period of time), bacteria builds in your mouth, which is ultimately the root of your foul breath, according to scientific evidence. So, the next time you wake up after a good night's sleep, give your mouth a thorough brushing and you will notice a significant improvement in the freshness of your breath.
There are a variety of options for freshening your breath that go beyond chewing gum or sucking on mints; the methods listed above are just a few suggestions for you to consider. Try them out and you'll most likely discover that your foul breath issue has been resolved, or at the very least much reduced. Naturally, you may always ask Dr. Marianne Cohan at your next appointment at our Summerlin dental office near you.